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Tuesday 27 April 2010
King Albert II accepted the Belgium government's resignation yesterday after negotiations failed to resolve a long-simmering dispute between Dutch- and French-speaking politicians over a bilingual voting district in and around Brussels.
Sunday 11 April 2010
On its grandest stage, the paragon of his sport had gradually become its paradox. But now, at long last, the jockey routinely saluted as the best in history will no longer hear quite so many whispers that he is not even the best of his own generation.
Monday 01 February 2010
The Co-op said it was correcting an "error" which led to "ambient sausage rolls" going on sale after a group which campaigns against gobbledegook complained that the description took the linguistic biscuit.
Friday 29 January 2010
It is a debate intellectual feminism has grappled with ever since Luce Irigaray argued that women spoke a different language from men, which emanated from their "lips" (of the labial variety).
Sunday 24 January 2010
What happens, wonders Michael Greenberg, when one's vitality grows so powerful that, instead of flourishing, one eats oneself alive? Greenberg believes that this happened to his 15-year-old daughter. In 1996, Sally Greenberg was diagnosed with manic depression and – after a spell of feverish insomniac nights writing sonnets – was hospitalised. Language, once a blessing, became her curse. She could no longer express herself coherently, her linguistic breakdown mirroring her psychological disintegration.
Thursday 17 December 2009
Claude Levi-Strauss: Intellectual considered the father of modern anthropology whose work inspired structuralism
Wednesday 04 November 2009
Claude Lévi-Strauss was the most famous anthropologist of his generation, and one of the leading intellectuals in post-war France. His writings inspired a major intellectual movement, and at least two of his books have already become classics of French literature. He was largely responsible for the development of social anthropology in France.
Sunday 01 November 2009
Sunday 18 October 2009
The prolific populariser of linguistics David Crystal strikes again, this time with a readable and informative account of the phenomenon of texting. And what a phenomenon it is: a decade ago, texting was virtually unknown; by 2010 some 2.4 trillion texts will be sent globally.
Sunday 20 September 2009
It is 6:30 on an August Saturday morning during the dry season of 1980. The sun is shining, and a breeze blowing up from the Maici River. Daniel Everett wakes up in his hut among the Piraha Indians of Brazil, and it is on this morning that he realises how differently the two cultures – European-based and Pirahas – see reality. For the next two decades he grapples with the nuances of these differences.
Sunday 14 June 2009
This tale of retired academic Desmond Bates, who is gradually going deaf, is full of the kind of minute detail about the condition that lets you know the author has had some experience of it: nobody could be quite so pernickety about the process of inserting a hearing aid unless they'd actually repeatedly had to do it themselves. As Lodge's character, a linguistic professor, points out, "deafness is comic as blindness is tragic", and there's little apparent sympathy for his plight, either from his wife or from his colleagues.
Thursday 19 March 2009
Saturday 21 February 2009
Unesco’s language team has put its foot in its mouth by branding the Cornish language “extinct”. That has come as something of a surprise to the 300-odd Cornish people who can still speak it. They have unwittingly joined those classical scholars who insist on parlaying with each other in a “dead” language. Cornish speakers shouldn’t be upset though. Nothing makes linguistic experts so excited as the chance to say that a language is disappearing, or, better still, has been submerged beneath the tides of history for ever.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
Friday 09 January 2009
At the heart of the controversy surrounding Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is that age old ethical terror, the "slippery slope".
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
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