Thus spoke Shakespeare! Or did he?

Mar 25, 2011 by

It seems to be a tradition with Shakespearean theater everywhere — even in the U.S. — to think that the bard himself spoke “BBC English” (also known as Queen’s English, King’s English, Oxford...

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On language laws — again

Jan 28, 2011 by

I’ve written already about language laws and how ridiculous I think they are. But recently another such law was proposed, this time in our country. According to media reports, a New Hampshire state legislator Rep. Jordan Ulery...

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Languages of Italy

Sep 7, 2010 by

Last week, we discussed languages of Spain and France. Today we will continue with Western Romance languages and the Western Romance dialect continuum and will discuss languages/dialects of Italy. As with France, in Italy too exists...

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Languages of France

Sep 2, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting I mentioned that nation-states, which are typically conceived of as having “one nation, one language”, are rarely if ever so. And what better example of a nation-state than France! When I ask...

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Dividing up the world

Jun 14, 2010 by

In the last posting we touched on a very important topic: lexical divergencies between languages. When it comes to languages learning or translation, people often think that words (for the most part) match up in meaning across...

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