We are pleased to announce that Issue 5 of Babel has gone to press and will be on its way to our lucky subscribers by the end of the week! This is the last issue of 2013, so anyone who has been enjoying this year's magazines can resubscribe to Babel 2014. For those have you that have been tracking our progress from afar - please do subscribe to keep us going into the second year! You can also subscribe to 2013 back issues.
Issue 5 has a great array of articles - from linguistic code-switching to women's talk in the boardroom, via the viability of machine translation. We've also got an exclusive interview with sociolinguists William Labov and Gillian Sankoff, carried out when they came in the vicinity of Babel HQ earlier this year.
Speaking of legendary linguists, in this issue our co-editor Lesley Jeffries outlines Berko-Gleason's 'wug' research and explains why it is such an enduring piece of language research. Lastly, the recent controversy over the King's Song in the Netherlands is held up as an example of linguistic 'purism' in Dutch, and we learn just how unrealistic the notion of a 'pure' language is. In a similar vein, this issue's Language Games invites readers to try to identify the real meaning of Anglicisms in German (or Denglish words!).
This issue's pull-out centrefold continues on the phonetics path with a poster of the speech articulators and accompanying explanation - perfect for teachers and students. All of this is alongside our regular book reviews, round-up of language in the news, bio of a legendary linguist and many other titilating language features.
In the words of Prof David Crystal: "Call yourself a language lover and you don't read Babel? A contradiction in terms!"