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?
In The Economist, 12 Nov. 2016 Scary uprising of the “identitarian movement”. The Economist says: “The movement has a deft way of making xenophobic causes seem more palatable to moderates. This relative subtlety opens doors to respectable society that remains shut to the traditional skinhead right.” The author is willing to remove any content that… Continue reading I spy… Identitarians!