Conference: The Once and Future English

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Location: Notre Dame London Global Gateway

London Global Gateway
Notre Dame's London Global Gateway

10-12 March 2022

University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway

Today, English is spoken or written by about 1.5 billion people, less than a third of whom use it as their first language. This minority-majority reversal has significantly impacted the grammatical characteristics of English, the demographics of the Anglophone population, the domains in which English is used, and attitudes towards the language, which has been characterized both as a venue for increased global communication and as a cultural and economic predator. The history of the language is being rewritten as well, from one defined by conventional periodization and the triumph of English as a Germanic language, to one that has reoriented the historical and contemporary significance of the language’s traditional homelands.

With speakers from 15 countries around the world, The Once and Future English addresses these issues. It asks the question: How will English’s present and past look to future speakers and language historians?

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Plenary speakers


Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund

Notre Dame International

Department of English