The Future of Language, Wed 28th February 2007, 4-6pm, Leicester The Future of Language New technologies have had a major influence on the way we communicate and use language today: punctutation and capital letters are being dropped in favour of emoticons, letter-number homophones and acronyms. But are email, instant messaging and mobile text messaging degrading the language? This question surfaces in debates among writers, language professionals and academics, as well as among parents and their children. Panelists will include Nadine Fleischer – editor/designer, Wordrobe Simon Perril, Poet and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English at De Montfort University Jess Laccetti, Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at De Montfort University Hugo Worthy, Writer and Archivist Chris Joseph, Chair This IOCT Salon is part of cultural eXchanges, an annual event hosted by the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University. The week long programme includes lectures, performances, debates, presentations and readings from a diverse body of artists, academics, practioners and those working in the cultural industries. Previous guests have included Janet Street-Porter, Alastair Campbell, Andrew Davies, Corin Redgrave, Matthew Sweeney, Jenny Colgan, Sue Mcgregor, Roy Hattersley, Tony Hawks, Germaine Greer, Jackie Kay and Colin Dexter. ———————————————– The IOCT Salon ( http://www.ioctsalon.com ) is managed by Chris Joseph, Digital Writer in Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University. This residency is funded by Arts Council England: East Midlands.For further information about the IOCT Salon please email Chris: info /at/ ioctsalon.com . To be notified of future events please join the mailing list on the Salon website.The IOCT Salon is held at and staged by De Montfort University and the Institute of Creative Technologies, and is supported by Arts Council England and the Literature Development Network.