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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".
Friday 21 November 2008
The difference between linguists and nonlinguists is as cavernous and as tricky to define as the difference between the verbs “pour” and “fill” that means you can “pour water into the glass” but not “pour the glass with water”.
Monday 08 September 2008
*Criminals who use text messages are being caught out by new techniques that can identify a person from the clues they leave in a message. Language scientists believe that it is possible to identify the author of a message by analysing the spelling, grammar and syntax of the words used.
Sunday 22 June 2008
No doubt, as a reader of these pages, you have a sophisticated and keen appreciation for language; are sensitive to the appeal of an elegantly expressed thought and the ugliness of an ungrammatical sentence. You'll have noticed that the way a person uses language to frame their thoughts can tell us as much about the person as it does about their thoughts.
Thursday 22 May 2008
Sunday 13 April 2008
When I first sees this book, I sphinx "What?" She's nicked Mr Burgess's idea, innit. But no, dear readerz, there is more to it dan dat, cause Alex is a GRRRL, and her argot is sans Slavonic influence but based on black urban vernacular wiv bitsa Latin, purloinings from Shakespeare and a few uvva daft coinages wot necessitate a paffetik glossary at the back.
Sunday 06 January 2008
A surprise big seller of the Christmas book market is The A-Z of Teen Talk. I showed my youngest son who will be a teenager himself in four months' time a selection of the words contained. He'd heard of some, disagreed over the definition of others: "Is this slang of the 1980s?" he sneered. "Is it, like, written by a 50-year-old man?"
Thursday 01 June 2006
If you had to pick one company in America as the ultimate corporate villain, you might be hard pressed to find a better candidate than ExxonMobil. At a time of soaring petrol prices and growing public anger over the cost of filling up cars and trucks, ExxonMobil is not only making money hand over fist at an increasing rate - it is actually making more money than any other oil company in the world.
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail