The Language of Shakespeare

Speaker:Ben Crystal
Date and time: Monday, June 18 – 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Kochi University of Technology, Eikokuji Campus, Room A-108
Co-sponsor: Literature in Language Teaching SIG (LiLT)

Abstract: Ben Crystal builds upon themes raised in his 2017 ‘Speaking the Bright and Beautiful English of Shakespeare’ lecture for East Shikoku JALT by guiding participants in workshop format towards a more detailed understanding of the language of Shakespeare. The inventor of over 1,000 words still in use today, and one of the greatest players with our language, Shakespeare’s English often makes little sense until it’s spoken out-loud. Ben will focus on the language that Shakespeare uses to suspend disbelief, and how he creates mystery and excitement in the Elizabethan mind. This workshop will be of interest to Shakespeare enthusiasts, teachers who use literature in language teaching, and anyone interested in the history of the English language.

Bio: Ben Crystal, Actor / Writer / Producer Author of Shakespeare on Toast (Icon 2008) and Springboard Shakespeare, a quartet series of introduction for Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury 2013). He published several books with his father David Crystal, including Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002), An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare (Oxford University Press 2015), and You Say Potato: The Story of English Accents (Macmillan 2014). In 2011 he performed the title role in the world contemporary premier of Hamlet in Original Pronunciation, and in 2012 he was the curator and creative director on a CD of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library.

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