2nd Wk - Tuesday 5th May - 5.15
The Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Institute Building
Walton Street OX1 2HG
ANNA MORPURGO DAVIES LECTURE 2015
followed by a reception
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace,
London SW1Y 5AH
FREE. Registration not required.
Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Speech requires a speaker and a listener, and both have their roles to play in language transmission and change. No word is ever spoken exactly the same even by the same speaker. Despite subtle variation, listeners understand with remarkable ease. It is the speaker-listener interaction that prevents human language from ever remaining static: change is subtle, but persistent and relentless. This talk traces language change and language processing, drawing on evidence of rather different kinds: old manuscripts, the traditional source of philology, as well as modern speech analysis and brain imaging techniques.
In Partnership with
A memorial service will be held at
Somerville College on
Saturday 20th June 2015 at 2.30
Refreshments will be avialable after the service.
For catering numbers if you would like to attend please contact
Somerville College: Mrs Elizabeth Cooke
The Faculty is deeply sorry to announce that Professor Anna Morpurgo Davies died on the 27th September 2014, aged 77.
Professor Davies, who came to Oxford in 1962 and retired in 2004, fostered the study of linguistics in the University throughout her long career and even in retirement. The very existence of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics owes much to her support and inspiration. The loss to academic life in, and far beyond, Oxford, and to many of us individually, is inexpressible. An outstanding scholar, a remarkably wise and kind counsellor, and above all a much-loved friend, has been taken from us.
Her funeral took place in Somerville College Chapel on Saturday, 18 October 2014.
For an outline of her life and achievements, see also the obituary posted by her College, Somerville
Martin Maiden, October 2014
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