Changing languages

In the literature on language death and language renewal, two cases come up again and again: Irish and Hebrew. Mention of the former language is usually attended by a whiff of disapproval. It was
In the literature on language death and language renewal, two cases come up again and again: Irish and Hebrew. Mention of the former language is usually attended by a whiff of disapproval. It was [More]

Language of World Bank Reports

What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque…
What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque… [More]

Landmarks

Bumbelling. Dooking. Jabblin. Puddling. Skite. Squashle: Robert Macfarlane has retrieved a lost vocabulary to describe the natural world…
Bumbelling. Dooking. Jabblin. Puddling. Skite. Squashle: Robert Macfarlane has retrieved a lost vocabulary to describe the natural world… [More]

No language instinct

How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way…
How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way… [More]

IAI: Videos on Wittgenstein, Time, and the Mind

Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind
Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind [More]

How to Speak Money

The new chasm is not between science and art but between those who speak the language of money and those who don’t. John Lanchester explains…
The new chasm is not between science and art but between those who speak the language of money and those who don’t. John Lanchester explains… [More]

Self and Orwell

George Orwell was an “old-fashioned authoritarian” about the English language, says Will Self, imposing his rules and stifling the creativity of others…
George Orwell was an “old-fashioned authoritarian” about the English language, says Will Self, imposing his rules and stifling the creativity of others… [More]

The Language Hoax

Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists…
Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists… [More]

Language hoax

The discredited notion that language determines thought refuses to die. John McWhorter wants to settle the matter once and for all…
The discredited notion that language determines thought refuses to die. John McWhorter wants to settle the matter once and for all… [More]

Without Compunction

In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes…
In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes… [More]