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  • 13 Mar 2024
    Katherine S. Flowers

    Changing My Mind about Language Policy

    When I first started studying language policy, I thought I knew where it came from, how it worked, and why it mattered. In my view at the time, language policy was about national politicians trying to manage the language use of perceived outsiders. Then, ten years ago, I started researching what would become the book […]

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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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  • 13 Jan 2023
    François Grosjean

    Life as a Bilingual: Part 2

    “Life as a Bilingual” – a highly successful blog and now a new Cambridge book Back in 2016, Cambridge Extra published an interview[1] of François Grosjean[2], a recognized expert on bilingualism, who talked about his Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual”[3] which he had started back in 2010. He discussed a number of topics […]

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  • 9 Jan 2023
    François Grosjean

    Life as a Bilingual: Part 1

    Who could have imagined this kind of success for a scientific blog on bilingualism? In 2016, François Grosjean was interviewed about his Psychology Today blog, “Life as a bilingual”, by Ewa Haman, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. The Polish translation appeared under the title, “Nie mógłbym nawet marzyć o takiej liczbie czytelników” on dwujęzyczność.info. […]

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  • 16 Nov 2021

    Languages: Connecting Lake Chad with the Middle East

    The Lake Chad region in Central Africa is home to a plethora of languages of different genetic affiliations, among them the about 200 so-called Chadic languages, named after the Lake. The best known of the latter is Hausa; with almost 100 million speakers it is the most widely spread lingua franca in West Africa. Linguists […]

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  • 15 Nov 2021

    Negative advertising: a secret weapon?

    Much of the advertising we see and hear attempts to portray a product or brand in a positive light. However, sometimes the most striking adverts appear when brands go against this positivity bias, and instead draw our attention to hard-hitting, serious topics in a shocking way (in a strategy known as ‘shockvertising’).

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  • 27 Sep 2021

    What can multilingualism do for the study of literature?

    David Gramling, author of The Invention of Multilingualism, answers the above question, and many more, following his book launch on 20 September. What similarities do you see between the languages you know? The most consequential similarity I see between German, Turkish, Spanish, French, and English is that they are ‘named languages’ whose elite, standardized forms […]

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  • 15 Jul 2016
    David Crystal

    Speaking Shakespeare Today

    You can’t speak English without speaking Shakespeare. Not only did he introduce several hundred words still used today (assassination, beguiling, contaminated, domineering, excitement, fixture, go-between, hostile, ill-tempered, lack-lustre, monumental…), he gave us dozens of idioms. If you stand with bated breath, say that love is blind, worry about green-eyed jealousy, think that truth will out, […]

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