Off topic: Evolving English: British Library event
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Lenah Susianty  Identity Verified
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Jan 18, 2011

Hi everyone, I just want to say, the British Library in London is currently running a very interesting exhibition on the evolution of English Language. There are rare books on exhibition as well (so you can see Beowulf for example or The Canterbury Tales!). For details, check http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/

I do think it's a brilliant event if you are passionate about English language


 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Wow Jan 18, 2011

Sounds like a great exhibit! I wish I could see it, but I'm enjoying the blog associated with it.

 

Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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Seconded Jan 18, 2011

I saw it a few weeks ago and it is very interesting, though I found the mixture of sound exhibits and printed material all in the same place a bit overwhelming - there's always something talking at you while you're looking at things.

Anyone who goes should also have a look at the BL's permanent exhibition (up the stairs and on the left as you go in) which has lots of wonderful things on display all the time.


 

Lenah Susianty  Identity Verified
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book on the exhibition Jan 19, 2011

"I wish I could see it, but I'm enjoying the blog associated with it. "

Steven,

They have published a book in conjunction with this exhibition, if you are interested...


 

Lenah Susianty  Identity Verified
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that's true Jan 19, 2011

Angela Dickson wrote:


I saw it a few weeks ago and it is very interesting, though I found the mixture of sound exhibits and printed material all in the same place a bit overwhelming - there's always something talking at you while you're looking at things.

Anyone who goes should also have a look at the BL's permanent exhibition (up the stairs and on the left as you go in) which has lots of wonderful things on display all the time.


Yes it;s true, but they also provide lots of headphones, so if you want to listen to something quietly, you can do that too. I specially enjoyed the video on British Sign Language! I didn't know anything about it before!


 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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Sounds interesting & Portuguese Museum Jan 19, 2011

This sounds like a very interesting event. Here in São Paulo, we have something very similar, the Museum of the Portuguese Language which is billed as the only museum dedicated to a language in the world. The Museum of the Portuguese Language is located in part of the Luz Train Station in downtown São Paulo.

For further information (in English - a surprisingly good translation, considering the terrible translations that some institutions present):

http://www.museudalinguaportuguesa.org.br/info_ingles.php


 


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