I spy…A dog’s life

In Metro, 14 February, 2017 Animals are the hidden victims of war and violence, a fact often conveniently overlooked. Throughout the history of human conflict, animals have been used as military tools for war. As far back as 3 B.C., Hannibal famously used elephants to help him in his campaigns. Since then there has been… Continue reading I spy…A dog’s life

I spy… What do bats and monkeys have in common?

In BBC Focus, Feb 2017, p, 14,  and 16 Language. But as I will attempt to demonstrate here, it is only considered in relation to human language and derives its meaning and worthiness through the link to humans. So how is animal communication represented in the articles? Reductive ‘Just call it bat chat’. This is… Continue reading I spy… What do bats and monkeys have in common?

I spy… Shark deprived of her mate

In New Scientist, 21 January 2017 The article reports the consequences that led a shark, who was denied company of her male friend, to become pregnant without having a male involved. The state-of affairs represented in various linguistic features from lexicogrammatical and semantic choices to cohesive chains, is that which holds a human-supremacist view. The titles: Online… Continue reading I spy… Shark deprived of her mate

I spy…Let it Reindeer

In The Economist, December 24 – January 6th, 2017 (Read the article here) Human animals and reindeer go back a long time; some of the earliest stone carvings in Europe are of reindeer. In this article, The Economist describes the reindeer meat industry in Finland and talks to a reindeer herder and his family. Humans… Continue reading I spy…Let it Reindeer

I spy… I don’t want to be sexist but..

  The author is willing to remove any content that may infringe on copyrightsIn Metro,  12 and 15 Dec 2016 Language and PC Sara Mills (2008) in her book Language and Sexism writes that language is a product of negotiations over meaning of past and present language, creating a pool of meanings. Each individual and… Continue reading I spy… I don’t want to be sexist but..

I Spy… Gorillas and Trajectories

In BBC Focus, Christmas 2016 On p. 35 it is reported that coltan mining that make up smartphones in The Democratic Republic of Congo  is one of the major causes of the decline in lowland gorilla population, from 16,900 to 3,800. Jay L. Lemke in his article Travels in Hypermodality notes that the way we read… Continue reading I Spy… Gorillas and Trajectories

I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)

In New Scientist, 3 December 2016 and Metro, 6 December 2016 New Scientist boasts that, “after years of public health messaging and a tightening of the advice on safe limits, the UK public finally seems to be reading the warning signs”.  Additionally, it is claimed that alcohol consumption is decreasing especially among young people, which is… Continue reading I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)