Convenor: Joyce Burgess
We meet once a month during the Autumn and Winter on the 3rd Wednesday in the month at 2.30 – 4.00 at the Mint.
If you would like to be added to the list of group members in order to receive email up-dates and reminders, please contact the convenor.
There is no need to notify the convenor if you wish to attend, just turn up.
Our sessions are on any language-related topic. To give a flavour of our subjects, among our previous meetings have been: the decipherment of Linear B; an introduction to Russian; Esperanto; Sign Language; Pet linguistic hates; Christmas language; Rhetorical devices; Language and Reality of the Piraha Tribe in Brazil etc..
Our most recent topics were the following:
March 2019: Why Ancient Greek is so difficult
April 2019: The Language of Humour
Summer Break - we are at present having a break for the Summer and we shall resume meetings in the Autumn. Our next session will be held on Wednesday, 20th November from 2.30 - 4.00 in the Epworth Room at The Mint. Dave Parsons will be leading a discussion on Computer Programming Languages.
Our future programme will be as follows:
Wed. 20th November: Computer Programming Languages - Dave Parsons
Wed. 18th December: Open session led by Joyce Burgess on names. What is the origin of your own names (first name and surname)? Do you have a nickname or shortened form of your name? Do certain names give a hint as to the character, standing or social class of the person (Giles, Kevin, Tracey, Justin)? Do you have any experience of naming traditions in other languages or cultures? All contributions would be welcome.
Wed. 15th January: The language of oral poetry, with particular reference to Homer - John Burgess
Wed. 19th February: The language of heraldry - David Oates
Please contact the convenor if you would like to be added to the emailing list or if you have any ideas for future topics, either to lead a session or to suggest a subject for general discussion.