Babel No18 – beaming down early February!
The first Babel of 2017 is now out!
Babel No18's cover story features Klingons, hobbits and attempts to bring nations together through language. Deak Kirkham investigates the curious case of conlangs, discussing the different reasons why language creators have attempted to construct their own brand new tongues.
In our other articles, Susanna Wickes looks at linguistic strategies for evading internet censorship in China, Jon Reyhner discusses the history of attempts to 'civilise' Indigenous peoples through English-only schooling, and Naomi Gradwell reflects on whether we really should not use no double negatives.
You'll also find all our regular features: Languages of the World profiles Catalan, we meet a speech-language pathologist in Meet the Professionals, and our pull-out poster looks at how we can mean far more than what we actually say…
We are also delighted to announce the 2017 Babel Lecture, which will take place at Babel's HQ at the University of Huddersfield on Friday 12th May. Our third annual lecture will be given by Peter French, Chairman of JP French Associates Forensic Speech and Acoustic Laboratory. 'Their own tongues speak against them: Phonetics in the criminal justice system' will reflect on Peter's experiences in more than 5,000 police investigations and legal cases from countries throughout the world, describing the roles played by phoneticians as forensic scientists in criminal investigations and as expert witnesses in criminal trials. Book your (free!) place for the lecture on our Eventbrite page.
Subscriptions and back issues
It is now also easier to purchase Babel back issues. Individual issues can be purchased on our Back Issues page, with a full guide to what’s inside each issue of Babel in our Issue Guide.