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NCLA Student Workshop: Constructed Languages with Jamie Douglas

Open to Newcastle University Students

Date/Time: Wednesday 4th May 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Newcastle University

Ever wondered about Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki, Na'vi or any of the other weird and wonderful invented languages in film or literature? We will explore some of these constructed languages (or 'conlangs'), why people invent them and the ways they go about creating one. You'll also get the chance to start making your own!

Jamie Douglas recently completed his PhD “The Syntactic Structures of Relativisation” at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Prof Ian Roberts. He was a Research Associate on the ERC-funded Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS) project in the same department. His primary interest is in theoretical syntax and language typology with a particular focus on A’-constructions (relative clauses, questions, topicalisation, etc.). Other linguistic interests include language change, the evolution of our capacity for language, and the constructed languages of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Please note this workshop is open to Newcastle University students only, and the venue will be emailed to you after you have booked a place.

Jamie Douglas