DICTIONARIES AND THE BENDING OF LANGUAGE
Monday, April 11, 2016
Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

Through the etymology of words, the OED exhibits the shape-shifting nature of language across time, reflecting how it bends to the task of describing our evolving human experience. But is all change good? What is the role of the dictionary in reporting, recording, and refereeing language variation and change?

Linguist, political commentator and author John McWhorter talks with genre-busting author Mark Z. Danielewski about whether dictionaries support or inhibit the idiosyncratic use of language as a means of creative expression. Also featuring Howard A. Rodman.

This ALOUD program was presented as part of the Library Foundation’s project, Hollywood is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary. For more information, please visit lfla.org/oed.

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A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Los Angeles Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles.

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A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Los Angeles Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles.

By presenting a range of authors, scientists, thinkers, and artists, the series engages Angelenos in critical civic discourse and inspires life-long learning. Events feature local as well as national and international experts in their field paired with a moderator to facilitate a dynamic discussion. Most programs are followed by a Q&A and book signing with the audience.

Curated by Louise Steinman, author and director of Cultural Programs for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, ALOUD showcases a new line-up each season informed by current events and culturally relevant and intellectually engaging topics.

ALOUD is funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
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