Rough Guide to Romance

A compelling talk given by Professor Pountain

On Monday 22 March Professor Pountain, a renowned linguistics professor at Cambridge, gave a talk entitled 'Rough Guide to Romance'. Pountain spoke to a room full of avid linguists about the links between Romance languages and offered us a glimpse into the complex realm that is linguistics.

During the course of the talk, Pountain addressed his audience directly on multiple occasions, urging everyone to think independently about the connections amongst words. One of the most fascinating aspects of his talk was the focus on how Romance languages deviated from Latin and became categorically different.

Through his explanation, Pountain shed light on the forever evolving nature of languages, and thus enabled his audience to appreciate 'language' as a living, growing, evolving and reforming entity.

Chiara Maurino VII