Professor David Crystal’s authored works mainly in the field of language, including several Penguin books, but he is perhaps best known for his two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. David Crystal has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on several radio and television programs and series. These include The Story of English (BBC TV, 8 x 1 hour series 1986, consultant), The Story of English (radio version, 18 x 30-min series, BBC World Service, 1987, writer and presenter), several series on English for BBC Radio 4, Radio 5, and BBC Wales during the 1980s and 1990s (as writer and presenter), and The Routes of English (as consultant and contributor). David Crystal is currently patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL), president of the UK National Literacy Association, and an honorary vice-president of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Institute of Linguists, and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He is a past honorary president of the National Association for Professionals concerned with Language-Impaired Children, the International Association of Forensic Phonetics, and the Society of Indexers. He was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2003-4 and was honorary president of the Johnson Society for 2005-6. He has also been a member of the Board of the British Council and of the English-Speaking Union. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. He now lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre Center, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition center. He is married with four children.
Featured Speaker: Prof Farzad Sharifian
Professor Farzad Sharifian holds the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. He is a leading linguist with a multidisciplinary background in cognitive science, anthropology and education. Sharifian is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics who has developed a theoretical and an analytical framework of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualisations, and language, which draws on analytical tools and theoretical advancements in several disciplines, including cognitive linguistics, cognitive anthropology,anthropological linguistics, distributed cognition, complexity science, and cognitive psychology. The theoretical/analytical frameworks and their applications in the areas of intercultural communication, cross-cultural pragmatics, second language learning, and political discourse analysis are the subject of Sharifian’s monograph entitled Cultural conceptualisations and Language (John Benjamins, 2011).Sharifian completed a PhD at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 2003. Sharifian’s PhD study, which develops a novel theoretical framework of cultural conceptualisations and applies it to the exploration of Aboriginal English, received multiple awards and was described in the citation for his 2002 University Research Medal as “having the potential to transform the research approach within the discipline”. In 2003, he was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, which he undertook at the University of Western Australia. He has received several awards in recognition for his work, including the Edith Cowan University’s Research Medal. Professor Sharifian is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Language and Culture, the Series Editor of Cultural Linguistics book series(Springer) and the editor (With Professor Ning Yu) of the book series Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts at John Benjamins. He has widely published in many international journals and edited books, including articles in more than 20 leading international journals. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is currently the President of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.