Ian Roberts

AIRED: September 4, 2017– 11 am PST



Ian Roberts, author of The Wonders of Language Or How to Make Noises and Influence People, offers a stimulating introduction to our greatest gift as a species: our capacity for articulate language.

We are mostly as blissfully unaware of the intricacies of the structure of language as fish are of the water they swim in. We live in a mental ocean of nouns, verbs, quantifiers, morphemes, vowels and other rich, strange and deeply fascinating linguistic objects.

From the shallow end to a deep dive, The Wonders of Language is written in a lively and direct style where technical terms are carefully introduced and explained and the book includes a full glossary.

It covers all the central areas of linguistics in a way that all readers can comprehend, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Join us as Ian introduces a most this amazing world, one that offers a thought-provoking and accessible introduction to the main discoveries and theories about language, designed for general readers, as well as undergraduates who are curious about linguistics and language’


Ian Roberts has taught in Switzerland, Wales and Germany, and is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. He has published six monographs and two textbooks, and has edited several collections of articles.

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