Through the Language Prism / Trwy Brism Iaith

23-25 November, Zoom

This virtual international symposium will bring together a wide range of people with an academic, cultural and political interest in bilingualism and multilingualism to address questions including:

  • What is language and what is bilingualism and multilingualism?
  • How do we produce language and how does the bilingual and multilingual mind process language?
  • To what extent does Wales make the most of the intellectual, social and creative potential of its bilingualism?
  • How do we unlock this potential to realise government goals of promoting a vibrant culture and achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050?

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The event will encompass lectures, panel discussions and interactive sessions by leading international experts and cultural practitioners, and is open to all.

The symposium has been curated by a group of leading Welsh academics in the field, led by Professor Mererid Hopwood of University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include:

  • Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh.
  • Novelist and academic Patrick McGuinness.
  • David Gramling, associate professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona.
  • Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow

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The online event will run over three days, with a 90 minute morning session from 10.00, a lunchtime workshop, a 90 minute afternoon session from 14.00, and an hour-long evening session each day.

Registering once gives you access to every session, but participants are also welcome to attend the activities as stand alone events.