Public speaking

I am an experienced public speaker, giving both talks and interviews on stage, in English, German and Dutch. Here’s what organisers and some visitors had to say about my presentations.

Currently, I mostly give a talk titled Just As Exotic As We Are, which is based on my books Babel and Lingo. I show the enormous diversity of both languages (their sounds, their grammars, and much else besides) and linguistic cultures – that is, the ideas that societies have about all sorts of linguistic issues, such as spelling, dialects, loanwords and who decides what’s good usage.

To invite me, just send me a message. Please provide as much practical information as you can: when and where will your event take place, what kind of audience do you aim at and what’s your financial offer? I typically reply by the next workday.