11th July 2013 Coming up in Issue 4!
Issue 4 of Babel is well underway! Due to arrive on our subscriber's doormats in early August, this issue is packed full of linguistic delights.
In the last issue Mick Perkins brought us an enlightening description of Clinical Linguistics – what happens when language goes wrong and what than can tell us about how language works. This time, Jurg Schweeter, a linguist who spoke several languages, gives us a personal account of his experience of stroke and its effects on his language abilities.
As well as that, Helen Ringrow demystifies the 'scientific' language of the beauty adverts we are bombarded with – an exercise in Critical Discourse Analysis that highlights how language can be persuasive, if evasive.
Martin Edwardes provides an account of human efforts to engage animals (such as the chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky) in conversation. He illustrates the differences between human and animal language capabilities, as well as a few surprising success stories (and some cute animal pictures).
19th June 2013 Exclusive Labov interview
The legendary sociolinguist William Labov is in town today with his sociolinguist wife Gillian Sankoff. Two postgrad students from University of York, Ella Jeffries and Jess had the opportunity to corner them and ask them questions about their life and work (well, really, they interviewed them over tea and cake) but the rousing results will be published in November's issue of Babel.
5th June 2013 BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth interview
Babel editors, Profs. Lesley Jeffries and Dan McIntyre, were paid a visit by BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth team today. They to know more about the magazine, the research and other projects going on at the Stylistics Research Centre, such as Language in Conflict.
A three-hour interview felt more like just a friendly chat! Their enthusiastic rants are due to be aired on Radio 4 in late July – watch this space for further details!
21st April 2013 Coming up in Issue 3!
Our designer, Richard Honey at dg3, is currently working his magic and putting the finishing touches to our second full issue, Issue 3. It will arrive with our subscribers in early May. This is what you've got in store:
• Debunking the myth of the male polyglot: Anjali Pandey goes separates fact from fable and goes in search of women with amazing linguistic prowess
• When Language Goes Wrong: Mick Perkins shows how communications disorders might be less 'disordered' than you think
• What's wrong with English spelling? Simon Horobin investigates the complexities of English spelling and the controversies that surround it
• Endangered alphabets: A love of language led Tom Brookes to take unusual steps to record some of the world's most endangered alphabets
• Language, ideology and conflict in the modern world: How linguistics can be of benefit to researchers working in peace studies.
13th March 2013 David Crystal pays a visit
Our Linguistic Advisor, Prof. David Crystal was up Babel way to give a talk in Waterstones on his latest book, 'Spell it Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling', so we took the chance to have a catch-up with him.
After his typically lively and entertaining talk, he signed books and chatted to his readers for an hour, handing out sample copies of Babel to take home. So obliging was he with autographs, that his pen ran out of ink! At this point, we went for dinner in lovely Leeds and waxed lyrical about his work, the future of Babel, and the need to get linguistics 'out there'. With so much in common, there's a good reason for his being our Linguistic Advisor!