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What a Border Collie Taught a Linguist About Language

Tansy was not into sports. The little border collie, a rescue, didn’t care for agility trials or flyball. But her adopted family—with two other …

The Definite Guide to the Chinese Ba Construction

Chinese grammar has a way of lulling you into a false sense of security.<p>No verb conjugation?<p>No singulars or plurals?<p>No gender?<p>Subject-verb-object …

In Defense of Cultural Appropriation

LONDON — It is just as well that I’m a writer, not an editor. Were I editing a newspaper or magazine, I might soon be out of a job. For this is an essay in defense of cultural appropriation.<p>In Canada last month, three editors lost their jobs after making such a defense.<p>The controversy began when …

Cultural Appropriation

20 Amazing New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Reading List in May

May brings M.R. Carey’s new tale set in the same zombified world as <i>The Girl With All the Gifts</i>, a surreal new short-story collection from Haruki …

Linguists say most Balkan languages are the same. And nationalists are mad about it

No amount of nationalism, it appears, can Balkanize a language. Twenty-five years after the former Socialist Federalist Republic of Yugoslavia was split into Serbia (which later split again to form Montenegro in 2006), Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia, a group of linguists have declared …

Linguistics

7 books that will give you the tech knowledge you need to start a business

And every college kid dreams of becoming a tech billionaire. There's a certain 'hollywoodization' of entrepreneurship.<p>It's also much easier to start a business. Throw up a website using one of the many templates out there, host it on Amazon Web Services or GoDaddy, find a problem you think exists, …

You have just hours to stop Congress from giving away your web browsing history

Time to make some calls<p>Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers the power to choose how their ISPs use and share their personal data. Today, the House of Representatives will vote, and if the …

Bad language: why being bilingual makes swearing easier

Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is fairly well-established, but why does it happen? And does that have a knock-on effect for different communities?<p>My dad had a liberal philosophy of childrearing, but he would always tell us off for swearing. As a result, I grew up feeling very uncomfortable …

Language

Maybe Monogamy Isn’t the Only Way to Love

In the prologue to her new book, <i>What Love Is and What It Could Be</i><i>,</i> philosopher Carrie Jenkins is walking through Vancouver, from her boyfriend’s …

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

This week, we’ve got a number of books on our list that are certain to get people talking. Cordelia Fine’s latest, “Testosterone Rex,” addresses head on some of the sexism that poses as neuroscience. Barry Friedman’s important new book, “Unwarranted,” takes on the volatile question of how to …

How to Write Your Book in a Matter of Months

The best manuscript isn't perfect - it's complete.<p>The benefits of writing a book to support your business and brand are many. But given all of the demands of our "day" jobs, plus the inevitable demands of our personal life and a few blessed hours for unwinding/hobbies, you may be wondering how it's …

Writing

All About Pacing - 4 Important Questions To Ask

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story.<p>“Pacing is part structural choices and …

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar . The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …

Animation

The 7 Sexiest Science Fiction Novels About Dystopias

George Orwell's '1984' is a bestseller again. If you're not in the mood for that, try these books.<p>Lately, George Orwell’s dystopian classic <i>1984</i> — …

Books

How languages shape economics

Half of the world's population is bilingual or multilingual, with over 6,000 different languages spoken in the world today. But language is much more …

Google’s AI translation tool seems to have invented its own language

Jennifer Morris, Writer, Formative Content<p>Back in September 2016, Google launched its Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) system, which uses deep …

A brief history of Polari, a language for gay men, and its curious afterlife

Polari is a secret language, which has now largely fallen out of use, but was historically spoken by gay men and female impersonators.<p>In early …

Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again.

In the hours after Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, was silenced by her Republican colleagues for “impugning” a fellow senator by reading aloud a letter Coretta Scott King had written that was critical of Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama (later confirmed as attorney …

Books about the English language

The Story of English<p>by Robert McCrum<p>- a comprehensive and very interesting account of the origins and development of the English language.<p>Buy from: …

The Difference Between Fictional 'Earth' and 'Space' Languages

David J. Peterson, who invents fake languages for 'Game of Thrones,' 'The 100,' and 'Emerald City.'<p>David J. Peterson invents fake languages for a …

Language Learning

11 Books To Help You Navigate Life At The Dawn Of Trump

Find refuge and tools for revolution in these words.<p>1. <i>The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race</i>, Jesmyn Ward<p><b>Nonfiction</b><p>This collection of …

Books

What History Teaches Us About Trump's Immigration Order

Political lessons from 1850.<p>In October 1850, two white slavecatchers arrived in Boston, determined to bring Ellen and William Craft back South in cuffs and shackles.<p>Two years earlier, the Crafts, a slave couple from Macon, Georgia, had enacted one of the most daring and celebrated feats of escape …

Create Powerful Dialogue in Your Comic Through Repetition

How snappy, quick, repetitive dialogue could breathe new life into your comic.<p>“Up in the sky, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…”<p>Dialogue can be one of the trickiest aspects to master in comic creation. Those little floating word bubbles have to do so many things at once. They have to give …

Nonfiction Book Review: Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook by David Galef. Columbia Univ, $25 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-0-231-17969-0

Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook<p>David Galef. Columbia Univ, $25 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-0-231-17969-0<p>More By and About This Author<p>Novelist Galef …

China’s tarnished image hinders efforts to get others to speak its language

No nation is more keen to have the world adopt its tongue than China, which spends heavily to subsidize language studies and has pushed for international recognition of its "intangible cultural heritage."<p>But even government largesse from the world's second-largest economic power hasn't been enough …

Google’s Noto font family now works with all languages, dead or alive

Design Week<p>Don’t you hate it when you type something in another language and it shows up as empty squares? Those squares are known as “tofu,” and Google is saying, “No more tofu” – Noto. With the Noto typeface, Monotype and Google are introducing a font family that covers all written languages and …

Why language is not everything that Noam Chomsky said it is

I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?<p>Few scientific disagreements …

This country is developing its own sign language dictionary

<i>"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ~ Mark Twain</i><p>The Indian government has embarked upon one such kind — and …

10 Dystopian Novels To Read Right Now

Dystopia now<p>Thanks to the incoming president and a Republican Congress which is trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, it's fair to say that our reality is looking more and more dystopian every day. So, while we can't recommend strongly enough that you take action to try and …

Books

Trump Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine With Ugly, Unproven Allegations

Publicizing anonymous, unproven claims is what Trump does to his enemies. It’s just as wrong when journalists do it, even if the powerful are …