James Lubker, dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, (319) 273-2725
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Peter Ladefoged, the man who trained Rex Harrison for his famous 'My Fair Lady' role, will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 108 of the University of Northern Iowa's Communication Arts Center. His topic will be 'Recording Endangered Languages.'
James Lubker, dean of UNI's College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said Ladefoged is widely recognized as 'one of the world's greatest phoneticians.'
Ladefoged is a professor emeritus and former head of linguistics at UCLA, where he was recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. He has traveled the world, recording and studying myriad languages. Born in England, he holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has published extensively, both articles and books, on everything from information conveyed by vowels, to phonetic studies, to tongue shape.