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Reading's Language, Text, and Power Research theme is keen to drive the research agenda in its area as well as to disseminate the results of its research as widely as possible.

This page gives an up-to-date overview of recent, current, and future activities that relate to our research theme - whether they are organised by the research theme, its members in their home units, or simply of interest to our research in general.

If you are organising or hosting an event that should be listed here, please do get in touch, so it can be included!

Events Calendar 2011

November 2011

  • Language and Social Change. The example of German in Central and Eastern Europe

Discourse and Sociolinguistics Group
Speaker: Jenny Carl (Southampton)
10 November, 4-5pm
HumSS 124

  • Towards the formation of a European identity? The role of European cultural journals

Discourse and Sociolinguistics Group
Speaker: Tessa Hauswedell (London)
3 November, 1-2pm
HumSS 175

October 2011

  • Ancient Epistolary Theory from Demetrius to Erasmus of Rotterdam

Classics Research seminar
Speaker: Dr Thorsten Foegen (Durham)
26 October 2011, 4pm
HumSS G27

  • Resiste ac perlege: the use of directives in the Carmina Latina Epigraphica

Classics Work in Progress seminar
Speaker: Prof. Peter Kruschwitz (Classics)
25 October 2011, 1-2pm
HumSS 124

September 2011

  • Researchers' Night

23 September 2011

Whiteknights; MERL; Reading Town Hall

June 2011

  • Luwian Identities: Culture, Language, and Religion between Anatolia and the Aegean

10-11 June 2011

Graduate School, Whiteknights

organised by Prof. Ian Rutherford, Department of Classics, and Dr Alice Mouton, CNRS Strasbourg

For further information please refer to the page.

March 2011

  • The evolution of language - past, present and future

Wednesday 16 March 2011, 8pm

Palmer Building, Whiteknights

Professor Mark Pagel, School of Biological Sciences

Human language is unique and we have been speaking for around 150,000 years. There are currently around 7,000 different human languages, there have been thousands more in our past, and these languages evolve in a manner like a biological species. Professor Pagel will explore why we alone as a species have language, how we can trace some elements of language back tens of thousands of years, how we agree on the words we use for some things but not others, and what we can expect of language in an increasingly globalised world.

For more information download the Evolution of language flyer (PDF - 2MB)

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Contact us:

Prof. Peter Kruschwitz

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  • +44 (0)118 378 6992