Losing Your Inner Monologue

Losing Your Inner Monologue {0}

Do you talk to yourself? Or even just think to yourself? Imagine losing the ability to do that. That is precisely what happened to Tinna Geula Phillips after a stroke; she went from being multilingual (six languages!) to being unable to formulate even basic sentences.   Read more here: http://nautil.us/blog/what-happens-when-you-cant-talk-to-yourself

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2,000 Languages in One Continent: A Discussion of Language Diversity in Africa

2,000 Languages in One Continent: A Discussion of Language Diversity in Africa {0}

Compared to Europe with 300 languages, Africa dominates the world with its language diversity within its countries. What’s more is that despite this large number, only 13% of these languages are considered threatened. Yet, in countries like New Guinea and Australia, also considered to be areas of high language diversity, the proportion of threatened languages(…)

In a Globally Connected World, Local Music Still Dominates

In a Globally Connected World, Local Music Still Dominates {0}

We live in a world where it is always becoming increasingly easier to access music from all over the world. With services like YouTube and Spotify, international music gains massive audiences. However, according to a recent study, the highest rating artists in many countries continue to be local, and international musical presence remains low key.

Indonesia May Impose New Local Language Test Law

Indonesia May Impose New Local Language Test Law {0}

According to BBC news, Indonesia is looking to implement a new law that will require foreigners seeking employment in Indonesia to take a local language test in order to be granted permission to work in the country.

Why Gendered Names of Hurricanes May Be a Bad Idea

Why Gendered Names of Hurricanes May Be a Bad Idea {0}

“In 1978, the World Meteorological Organization began using both genders to name hurricanes, in alternation. Research by Kiju Jung of the University of Illinois and colleagues, published in 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that, on the average, serious hurricanes in the U.S. with female names caused more deaths than those with(…)

English India

English India {0}

Check out this interview with Spandan Banerjee about his new documentary English India, which explores the complicated relationship modern India and Indians have with English.