The fourth and final instalment of Babel 2014 will soon be on its way to our print and digital subscribers soon!
Our latest issue focuses on how we learn language, both as children and later on in life: speech and language therapist Rhonwen Shaw marvels at what children can do with language, and discusses what they can be said to know about grammar and structures of language; linguist Justyna Kozyra-Bober investigates whether mastering a new accent is possible for late learners; sociolinguistics author Sarah Chevalier addresses worries about multilingual language acquisition – does it cause confusion for young language learners, or enhance their understanding of language and the world?, and English Language teacher Ella Hopkins looks at how the subject is taught in Australia and the benefits of providing students with a keen linguistic awareness.
Elsewhere in Issue 9 we have all the regular features: the linguistic lexicon brings you the letter 'I', linguist Jeanine Treffers-Daller answers a reader's question about the benefits of language-learning apps and our colourful language pull-out comes courtesy of Ethnologue, whose language map provides an overview of endangered and emerging languages across the globe.
There is also news on the inaugural Babel lecture! The talk will be given to celebrate the tenth issue of Babel, which will be coming out in February 2015. Dialect and dialogue coach Brendan Gunn - who has worked with stars including Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz – will be the star of the show, talking about his work and experiences in dialectology and sociolinguistics and relating them to classic Babel articles!
There will also be news on how to subscribe to Babel 2015 and ensure that you don't miss out on another year of language lovers' lore!