Language & Linguistics

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  • 10 Nov 2023
    Sebastian Rasinger, Guido Rings

    The Cambridge Introduction to Intercultural Communication: Q&A with Sebastian Rasinger and Guido Rings

    Associate Professor Sebastian Rasinger and Professor Guido Rings, authors of The Cambridge Introduction to Intercultural Communication, discuss Intercultural Communication and their latest textbook What is Intercultural Communication? Is it about speaking to people from other countries? Yes – and no. Traditional approaches to intercultural communication predominantly focused on face-to-face interaction between people of different national […]

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  • 2 Nov 2023
    Laura Aull

    You can’t write that…8 myths about correct English

    Picture a boxing ring, English on one side, diversity on the other, and you have a basic version of the history of written English in schools. English and diversity might otherwise be great friends, but they are continually pitted against one another in educational opportunity structures. In the 18th century, for example, the shift from […]

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  • 2 Nov 2023
    Tim Wharton, Louis de Saussure

    Emotion? We don’t talk about it!

    Few would deny that emotions are fundamental to what it means to be human. Indeed, according to some, emotions are what make us human. Given that, and given the fact that humans communicate about their emotional states a great deal, you might think that theories of language and communication would include comprehensive accounts of how […]

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  • 19 Oct 2023
    Ekkehard Wolff

    Reconstructing an ancestral African language, mother to 80 present-day languages in the central African Sahel

    In this blog, I provide answers to a few basic questions that I imagine a reader, who is not an expert in historical African linguistics, might wish to ask the author. Why this topic, what’s so interesting about it? Africa is the cradle of humankind and where human language evolved. Tens of thousands of years […]

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  • 25 Sep 2023
    Raymond Hickey

    Life and Language beyond Earth

    This book addresses the question ‘Do beings exist on planets beyond our Solar System with whom we could engage in meaningful exchange?’ To approach this issue we can break it down as follows: Four basic questions about life and language beyond Earth 1)       Is there any life beyond Earth? 2)       Is there intelligent life beyond […]

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  • 21 Jun 2023
    Luke Collins, Paul Baker

    Language and Anxiety

    Anxiety disorders cause people to experience a range of mental and physical problems but can be difficult for health professionals to diagnose. Understanding the language that people experience to describe anxiety, including how this differs depending on your age, your gender and your culture, can help to identify the best treatments and support options for […]

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  • 20 Jun 2023
    Eleanor Dickey

    How did ancient Greek speakers use Latin?

    The ancient Greeks have a reputation for being proudly, purely monolingual: they considered their own language so perfect that they had no need to learn anyone else’s. But was that really true? A new dictionary of Latin words used by ancient Greek speakers suggests that it was not, by documenting over 2,500 words of Latin […]

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  • 2 Mar 2023
    Edith Podhovnik

    Cats and Us – A Curious Relationship

    You do not necessarily have to follow online cats on social media to read the book, but if you do, you might have come across one or the other cat-inspired linguistic process before or have perhaps found a meowlogism not mentioned in the book. Yet, regardless of your online habits, a curiousity for all things […]

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