Babel's 20th issue – on its way to subscribers soon!
The twentieth issue of Babel is nearly ready! As well as being a landmark issue, it also contains a review of the third annual Babel Lecture. This year, we were honoured to have forensic speech scientist Peter French give a fascinating talk on his experiences of using phonetics to assist criminal investigations.
Our new issue's poster pull-out also looks at speech science, investigating how machines are able to understand spoken language. You can also test your new spectrogram-reading skills with a special Language Games!
Machines' understanding of language is also the focus of Inderjeet Mani's feature article on the challenges of machine translation. In our other feature articles, Patrick C. Trettenbrein rounds up recent research into language and the brain, Philip Seargeant tries to answer the question 'Why does everyone in Star Wars speak English?', and Simone Bacchini introduces the field of Systemic Functional Linguistics.
You'll also find all our regular features: Languages of the World profiles Low German, we meet the founder of the online language learning site Linguisticator, and our Linguistic Lexicon brings you the important linguistic T’s…
We would also like to remind our younger readers to get their entries in for the 2017 Babel Young Writers' Competition! The deadline for entries is Friday 25th August, so there's plenty of time to polish your prose!
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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 in our Issue Guide.