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?

Tha street tawk, innit?

In The Voice, January 26-February 1, 2017 “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and… Continue reading Tha street tawk, innit?

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… half the world away

In Metro, January 16, 2017 The striking juxtaposition of two items on two halves of the newspaper clearly exposes the values (or lack of such) of western society. The newspaper’s attitudes towards global issues such as immigration and migrants reinforce the us and them discourse and contributes to augmenting the distancing  between the west and the… Continue reading I spy… half the world away

I spy…”Power flows through everything.” Trevor Paglen

Originally posted on Everything socio and eco linguistic:
Beautiful nature resort or haunted amusement park  à la Something Wicked this Way Comes? Neither. It’s creepy nonetheless. It’s a listening station, located in the beautiful West Virginia forests. I’ve recently come across the works of Trevor Paglen, who is not only extremely talented, but does so…

I spy…Skirting the issue

In Metro, January, 5, 2017 “An individual woman who appears as the spokeswoman for the freedom of all women is a pathetic and isolated creature. . . . She presents no threat. An individual “emancipated” woman is an amusing incongruity, a titillating commodity, easily consumed.” —Sheila Rowbotham As I mentioned in a previous post, women, especially… Continue reading I spy…Skirting the issue

I spy…Language barrier

In Metro, January 5, 2017 English is still being used as a gate keeper and border control in Britain.  Metro reports that the All Party Parliamentary Group claims integration should begin upon arrival in the UK and that it is ‘the key to full participation in our society and economy’. MPs say that immigrants should be… Continue reading I spy…Language barrier