Babel issue 15 and the Babel lecture
The Babel staff are just putting the finishing touches to 2016’s second instalment of Babel. This will be our 15th issue, a landmark we are looking forward to celebrating at the second annual Babel lecture on May 13th.
This year’s lecture will be given by none other than David Crystal, celebrity linguist and our very own Linguistic Consultant. It takes place at the University of Huddersfield, and is free to attend for all Babel subscribers and followers – book your place on our Eventbrite page now to avoid disappointment! David will be presenting a talk on ‘The English tone of voice’, a subject which is also the feature of our new issue’s poster pull-out, in which Dominic Watt explains the workings of this fascinating aspect of how we speak.
Issue 15’s cover feature looks at the fascinating case of dining room language policies in Istanbul, and their role in socio-political developments in the Turkish capital. Our other special features bring readers investigations into how the English language might look in the future, how metaphors work across cultures, the grammatical skills of children with autistic spectrum disorder, and whether non-native speakers can ever truly ‘pass’ as natives!
There will be a chance to win a signed hardback copy of David’s latest language tome, The Gift of the Gab, which seeks to explain just what eloquence is! The first ever Babel raffle is not to be missed, with prizes also including a year’s subscription and rare Babel merchandise!
The Gift of the Gab is one of our featured reviews in issue 15, while David himself takes up the role of Babel’s resident agony linguist, discussing a new kind of punctuation in chat applications - read a sneak preview! In our other regular features, Languages of the World explores different varieties of Arabic, Lives in Language documents the life and work of the dictionary writer Samuel Johnson and the Linguistic Lexicon describes obstruents, oxymorons and onomatopoeia.
Finally, issue 15 will announce Babel's 2016 Young Writers' Competition, which gives young linguists of college- and university age the opportunity to be published in Babel! Keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for further news, and read our past winners on our Events page.
All in all, plenty to get you warmed up for the Babel lecture!
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