U.S. report on FBI Language Services

Further to my tongue-in-cheek blog the other day concerning the news about the FBI’s 120,000 hours of unread phone tap content, the report from...

What’s in a wor(l)d?

Blogged by John Battelle, the interview with Ramesh Jain in the latest Ubiquity reveals some interesting ideas about the ‘future of search’ meme, but...

Crystalline

Crystal - there’s something about that wonderful lucid, mineral name. Students of linguistics who remember it will be happily amused to see that British...

Shakespeare as he woz spoke

The UK Telegraph ran a fun story about the London Globe Theatre’s project of putting on a Shakespeare play using the pronunciation as...

Winning the information war

Very interesting article by Samuel G. Freedman in the New York Times on the inadequacy of U.S. government attitudes to strategic language study in...

U.S. Language Map

Lots of blogs are circulating the good news about the Modern Language Association’s MLA Language Map, which “displays the locations and numbers of speakers...

Web traffic shifting east?

Rajesh Jain blogs an interesting article by Brian Dear showing that Alexa’s monitoring of website frequentation shows a drop in traffic to US main...

The limits of executive English

Article originally from Associated Press on executive linguistic skills.

Collateral damage

Saddening report on the ˜involvement” of hired Arabic language hands in events in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison where they are working under...

New life on screen for old languages

There seems to be new life for dead languages in movies. The latest beneficiary, of course, is 1st century Aramaic, resurrected in Mel Gibson’s...