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Language Multitude

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Past event - 2024
15 May From 7 p.m to 9 p.m
free entry (subject to availability)
Sein, Hohlstrasse 355
8004, Zürich
Join us for an exploration of the fascinating world of language diversity and multilingualism.

Hä? Why growing up with multiple languages is different

Stephanie Wermelinger (Post-doc at University of Zurich)
In Switzerland, more than 4 out of 10 children grow up speaking more than one language. These children cannot only converse fluently in several languages, but they also learn a wide variety of cultural concepts. What's more, multilingual children are more empathetic, more responsive to the needs of their interaction partners and may even be more intelligent than their monolingual peers. Growing up with multiple languages is unique in many ways.

How did human languages get so different from each other?

John Mansfield (Assistant Professor Anthropological Linguistics at UZH and the NCCR Evolving Language)
The main function of language is to allow people to communicate, which requires them to share the same language. This makes it somewhat surprising that human language is incredibly diverse, with a global count of some 6000-7000 distinct languages. What historical processes could have led to such diversity? In this talk I will give a paradoxical answer: diversification has been driven both by people dispersing across the continents, but also by people living side-by-side.
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