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Event #20

Saturday 31 August, 07.00 pm

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Andrea Moro

The race and the language: the future that does (not) expect us

There are two wrong ideas, that are harmless if taken alone, and extremely dangerous if combined – the idea that some languages are better than others,  and we have trivial languages and brilliant languages, musical languages and tongues out of tune, and the idea that reality is seen in different ways depending on the language that is spoken as if the language was a filter for the senses and for reasoning. Andrea Moro dissects and disassembles these two ideas piece by piece, showing how from the point of view of linguistics and the discoveries made about the human brain all languages are variations on a single biologically determined theme. But what awaits us in the future? Is the danger of a new artificial language only the subject of a novel or can we be victims of an eulinguistic operation?

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Andrea Moro, Professor of General Linguistics at the Scuola Univestitaria Superiore IUSS of Pavia, studies the link between human languages structure and the brain. He has been visiting scientist at the MIT and at Harvard University. He is member of the Accademia Pontificia di Arti e Lettere. Planning artificial grammars, he showed that language rules are not just arbitrary conventions but are restricted by the neurobiological architecture of the brain. He published essays in various languages, among them Breve storia del verbo essere (Adelphi, 2006) and Le lingue impossibili (Cortina, 2017). He also debut in fiction with the novel Il segreto di Pietramala (La nave di Teseo, 2018) with which he won the Flaiano Award. At the end of August he will publish the essay La razza e la lingua. Sei lezioni contro il razzismo (La nave di Teseo).

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