In the 2016 film Arrival, deciphering alien communication changed one scientist’s life - and the history of Planet Earth. Outside Hollywood, learning a new language might not give you super powers - but there is growing evidence that the cognitive habits you develop through speaking a particular language can impact the way you perceive, think about and remember the world around you. Alice Gaby will discuss what this will mean for multilingual Melbourne.


Alice Gaby is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. Her research explores the relationship between language, culture and cognition. She is also involved in the documentation and analysis of endangered languages, especially those of the Australian continent. Much of her research focuses on the languages spoken in and around the community of Pormpuraaw (Cape York Peninsula, Australia). 

6:30 PM @The Dog House at Waterside Hotel, 508 Flinders St (Corner of King St), Melbourne 3000

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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