Rehovot talk: English - the ‘’magnificent bastard’’ language

Rehovot talk: English - the ‘’magnificent bastard’’ language

ESRA Rehovot Talk with Prof. Gershom Martin

Wednesday 27 November 2018 | 20:00


 'English - the ‘’magnificent bastard’’ language'



The enormous vocabulary of English, its maddeningly irregular spelling, and its comparatively weak but quirky grammar all come from its mixed ancestry. English is considered a Germanic language by linguists, but the majority of its vocabulary comes from romance sources (Old French, Latin) and some of its grammatical features are actually Celtic in origin. What gives? Come and find out.

Gershom (Jan) Martin was born in Belgium in 1964. In 1996 he made aliyah and joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute, where he is the Baroness Thatcher Professor of Chemisty. His academic specialty is computational quantum chemistry, and he has won several professional awards, including the Dirac Medal and the Israel Chemical Society Prize. In his spare time he is an amateur linguist, musicologist and historian.

Admission: NIS 35; ESRA members NIS 25‎

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Venue: Home of Roy Caplan, 29 Itamar Ben Avi, Kfar Aharon, Nes Ziona



Event Properties

Event Date Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
Individual Price NIS 35 | Members NIS 25
Location Rehovot
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