Professor Bernard Cerquiglini will be in Atlanta in January! [fr]
Bernard Cerquiglini has a long and distinguished career as a professor of Linguistics. For many years, Dr. Cerquiglini has also presented the very popular television program Merci professeur! on the global television network TV5 Monde.
His lecture will address the essential interconnectivity and profound history that link the French and English languages.
This event is sponsored by AATF Georgia Chapter, American Association of Teachers of French.
Where and When?
- Emory University – White Hall 207 : Monday 30 January 2017 from 4:15pm to 5:15pm (Lecture in English)
To register for the conference, please fill out this form and send it to Thomas Tugulescu.
- - Alliance Française d’Atlanta : Tuesday 31 January 2017 from 7pm to 8pm (Lecture in French). Click here to register.
Languages, as a means of communication and interaction among humans, grow as a result of historical events and developments. Invasions as well as political and economic factors affect languages, especially those in close contact. A comparative history of the English and French languages is an excellent example of this phenomenon. Over several centuries, both languages have influenced each other, while gaining cultural hence normative leadership throughout the world. As a result of their constant contact, today, the English vocabulary is largely of French origin, while the great majority of new French words continue to be borrowed from English.
This mutual exchange reminds us that languages are neither isolated nor protected entities, that plurilingualism is part of all human communication, and that languages will continue to grow and have to be practiced with their various origins and their rich imports.