Language as a proxy for conflict

Andrew writes: Language seems to be a theme of Gary Younge’s recent book, Who Are We – and Should It Matter In The 21st Century?. I chanced on an extract in a recent Guardian, and there are a couple of

Language as a proxy for conflict

Andrew writes: Language seems to be a theme of Gary Younge’s recent book, Who Are We – and Should It Matter In The 21st Century?. I chanced on an extract in a recent Guardian, and there are a couple of

Reviving isiZulu as a political weapon

Quick note from Alex: Update: The BBC has a good summary of Julius Malema’s recent controversies here. The last few months have seen language choice re-emerge as a hot topic in South African politics. (This is nothing new: the 1976

Reviving isiZulu as a political weapon

Quick note from Alex: Update: The BBC has a good summary of Julius Malema’s recent controversies here. The last few months have seen language choice re-emerge as a hot topic in South African politics. (This is nothing new: the 1976

Quick thoughts on Globish

I enjoyed the extract from Globish, and its thesis is basically right. A few first thoughts, queries and caveats: The unprecedented rise of English since 1990: probably true, though I’d like to see some figures on the (population-relative) spread of

Quick thoughts on Globish

I enjoyed the extract from Globish, and its thesis is basically right. A few first thoughts, queries and caveats: The unprecedented rise of English since 1990: probably true, though I’d like to see some figures on the (population-relative) spread of

Globish

No time to write a proper post: How English erased its roots to become the global tongue of the 21st century ‘Throw away your dictionaries!’ is the battle cry as a simplified global hybrid of English conquers cultures and continents.

Globish

No time to write a proper post: How English erased its roots to become the global tongue of the 21st century ‘Throw away your dictionaries!’ is the battle cry as a simplified global hybrid of English conquers cultures and continents.

Language diversity in unexpected places

Andrew posts: Rapid note to capture a long New York Times piece which says that language diversity is more likely to be found in urban areas with long tradition of migration – such as New York. A flavour: The chances

Language diversity in unexpected places

Andrew posts: Rapid note to capture a long New York Times piece which says that language diversity is more likely to be found in urban areas with long tradition of migration – such as New York. A flavour: The chances

Topography, biodiversity and language

More on this theme from Abu Dhabi’s The National, which reports on the state of endangered languages in the Indian subcontinent, and includes the following from Nicholas Ostler: Linguistic diversity is like biodiversity… It increases the closer you are to

Topography, biodiversity and language

More on this theme from Abu Dhabi’s The National, which reports on the state of endangered languages in the Indian subcontinent, and includes the following from Nicholas Ostler: Linguistic diversity is like biodiversity… It increases the closer you are to

Language danger and geography

Two recent finds: 1. Weak signals of concern about the threat to Chinese from English are picked up on in the Telegraph. Anyone interested in the longer history of Chinese and its relationships with its neighbour languages should start with

Language danger and geography

Two recent finds: 1. Weak signals of concern about the threat to Chinese from English are picked up on in the Telegraph. Anyone interested in the longer history of Chinese and its relationships with its neighbour languages should start with