In The Economist, 26-2nd December, 2016 At a time when immigration is a world crisis, it is interesting to read a retroactive immigration account and analyse its stance. Summary of article: The town of Áurea in the northern part of Rio Grande do Sul was founded in 1906 and is dubbed as the “Polish capital… Continue reading I spy… Black Soup and Pierogi
In The Economist, 26th Nov – 2nd Dec, 2016. Read it here. This is a very interesting example of intertextuality and linguistic landscape: in any interaction, readers and speakers bring in a network of textual relations. “Meaning becomes something which exists between a text and all the other texts to which it refers and relates, moving out… Continue reading I spy…Ku klugs klugen
In Metro, 25 November The Yay Metro published this item about a rescued pig, Pigasso, who loves to paint. This is such a wonderful opportunity to expose the subject of factory farming and raise awareness of the terrible conditions in which these sweet, intelligent, sentient beings are imprisoned. The Nay The linguistics: While the article is overall… Continue reading I spy… Pigasso
In Metro, 25 Nov 2016 (A big thank you to Hariod for the delightful pun <3) This is a short titbit in Metro (UK) from last Friday. It tells of how Prince Harry, visiting the Caribbean Island of Nevis, helped conservationists monitor turtle hatchlings. As a sociolinguist I ask: What is the aim behind this short… Continue reading I spy…A Turtle Disaster
In BBC Focus, Dec. 2016 A huge, angry bull = negative evaluation of the animal. This collocation creates a reality where all bulls are always angry. “sent a signal to an electrode he’d implanted in the bull’s brain the previous day’. = ahhh now we get why the bull was angry. So the ‘scientist’ captured the… Continue reading I Spy… An angry bull?
Gilmore Girls is coming back this weekend and I cannot wait! In my never ceasing effort to demonstrate how linguistics is a part of everyday life, our reality shaping and being shaped by discourse, I found a paper just for you – the die-hard GG fan! But, like everything in life, even GG is not perfect.… Continue reading Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1
In Microbiology Today 43:4 November 2016 This diarrhoea-causing virus occurs between ruminant animal hosts like sheep and cows via biting midges: Without these midges, BTV can’t spread from animal to animal. Apparently, there is a new strand that may be transmitted via direct contact. (And clearly, in factory farming, there’s lots of that). Clinical… Continue reading I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?