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What is Language? It’s not just words. That much we know. It’s grammar. It’s context. It’s meaning. It’s communication. It transacts. It conveys. It imagines. It thinks ... Is it an external frame or an internal engine? And what is it then to live in a bilingual mind and a multilingual world? Hopwood is the only woman to have won the three main prizes for poetry and prose in the Eisteddfod - Wales’ national cultural festival. She has been Children Laureate for Wales and was awarded the Glyndwr prize for her contribution to literature. Her collection Nes Draw won the poetry section of the Welsh language Book of the Year Awards, 2016. She writes mainly in Welsh and has degrees in Spanish and German language and literature. Mererid has taught throughout her career and is now at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Chaired by Guto Harri.
Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tête-a-tête: these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation. We take informal conversation for granted because it's so natural and everyday; but if we analyse it we can discover surprising features. The spectacular linguistics prof explores some of the findings he reports in his latest book, Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works, from the first recorded instances a thousand years ago to the latest trends taking place online.