The Babel Message

The Babel Message

4th Jun 2022 12pm - 1pm

at The Mildmay Club Upstairs Room

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2022-06-04 12:00:00 2022-06-04 13:00:00 Europe/London The Babel Message Keith Kahn-Harris is obsessed with the warning message found inside Kinder Surprise eggs: ‘WARNING, read and keep: Toy not suitable for children under 3 years. Small parts might be swallowed or inhaled.’ On a tiny sheet of paper, this message is translated into dozens of languages. With the help of the international community of language geeks, he shows us what the message looks like in Ancient Sumerian, Zulu, Cornish, Klingon – and many more. Along the way he considers why Hungarian writing looks angry, how to make up your own language, and the meaning of the heavy metal umlaut. https://stokenewingtonlitfest.eventcube.io/events/40302/the-babel-message 33-34 Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

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Keith Kahn-Harris is obsessed with the warning message found inside Kinder Surprise eggs: ‘WARNING, read and keep: Toy not suitable for children under 3 years. Small parts might be swallowed or inhaled.’ On a tiny sheet of paper, this message is translated into dozens of languages. With the help of the international community of language geeks, he shows us what the message looks like in Ancient Sumerian, Zulu, Cornish, Klingon – and many more. Along the way he considers why Hungarian writing looks angry, how to make up your own language, and the meaning of the heavy metal umlaut.