Dear Goldsmiths,

Undertaking a degree of any level is as much about the knowledge and self-development as it is stretching your limits, going beyond your comfort zone, and questioning. Questioning everything you knew and thought about yourself, your knowledge about the world and the way you position yourself, and the way you are positioned in it. My… Continue reading Dear Goldsmiths,

Specialinguini reporting: The Stories We Live By – A Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe

12 April 2017 The Environmental Humanities in Bath Spa University, a vibrant and passionate department led by Professor Kate Rigby, organised a fascinating opportunity to listen to Dr Arran Stibbe, founder of the International Ecolinguistics Association giving a lecture on his new free online course in Ecolinguistics: The Stories We Live By, also the title… Continue reading Specialinguini reporting: The Stories We Live By – A Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe

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…The fibres of slavery

In Selvedge, Issue 74, Bias What do these photos have in common? The founder of Selvedge, Polly Leonard, does not see sentient beings, but rather “performance fibres”: Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down. She goes on to classify: “[Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down] are associated with luxury and indulgence. I would, however, argue that they… Continue reading I spy…The fibres of slavery

Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1

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

I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?

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?

Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?

I adore pigs! look at Esther – she’s so cute! Look at her little front teethies! She’s pigtastic! (as her dads would say.) *Squeee* If this is the first time you’re hearing about Esther T.W. Pig, I suggest you drop everything you’re doing, including reading this blog, and head on over to her facebook. What… Continue reading Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?