Prof. Dr. Jürgen Trabant, appointed Professor of Linguistics at the Institute of Romance Philology of the Free University of Berlin in 1980, visiting professor at Stanford University, at the University of California, Davis, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris as well as at the Universities of Limoges, Bologna, Brasília and Milan, explains how the repression of Latin turned the European vernacular languages into “fully developed languages” – and how the advance of English can now endanger this unique linguistic diversity.

Enjoy his entire lecture (in German) and click on his picture.