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Linguistics

Book review: Does Spelling Matter? by Simon Horobin

Oxford professor Simon Horobin argues against spelling reform on the grounds that the complex and inconsistent detail of English spelling is "testimony to the richness of our linguistic heritage and a connection with our literary past".

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 3:40pm

Study finds Europe, Asia shared common language 15,000 years ago

Languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient tongue uttered in southern Europe at the end of the last ice age, according to research. The claim, by scientists in Britain, points to a common origin for vocabularies as varied as English and Urdu, Japanese and Itelmen, a language spoken along the northeastern edge of Russia.

8 May 2013 - 4:04am

Linguist discovers new papal pickle

When scholar John Whelpton and his small band of Latin linguists sit down at their next meeting on Friday in Kowloon Tong, it won't exactly be a papal conclave, but it will examine a very thorny question: did the first pope to stand down in 600 years get his resignation speech grammatically correct?

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 2 comments

500,000 entries for expanded Chinese dictionary

China’s “most inclusive” dictionary is set to expand by nearly a third to nearly half a million entries across 25 volumes, state media reported on Tuesday.

It will take seven years to fully revise the Hanyu Da Cidian, first published in 1986, for its second edition, the state news agency Xinhua said, with the first volume due to be released in 2015.

11 Dec 2012 - 12:20pm

Colloquial web jargon in People's Daily raises eyebrows

Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily raised eyebrows this month when it used web jargon in commentaries to reflect the challenging social problems facing China, ahead of the 18th party congress.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Class Action: Don't make spelling a painful subject

My daughter enjoys writing but her spelling is terrible. I try to help her by spelling the words but lately she seems not to write as much. Sometimes I correct the words and let her copy them over. Is this helpful?

21 Oct 2012 - 11:31am 1 comment

Keeping Chinese language free from outside influence an impossible goal

Nations with a proud history and culture are also likely to be jealously protective of their language. For a country fast on the rise like China, that is guaranteed to be doubly so.

3 Sep 2012 - 1:44am

Rookie Mum: baby babbling

My little boy, Tom, pulls at my leg and points excitedly at the sky, babbling frantically. "Ma dada baba duka duka duka!" he says. "Duka duka ba ba ba ba!" I look at him and ask, "What is it?"

1 Sep 2012 - 4:50pm

Academics want Chinese dictionary to remove English abbreviations

A group of Chinese academics are calling for everyday English-language abbreviations to be struck from the country's top dictionary - claiming they are the biggest threat to the Chinese language in a century.

30 Aug 2012 - 4:11am

Film

New Releases

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (IIA) (English, Arabic and Putonghua)

See review on this page.

The Raid - Redemption (III) (Bahasa Indonesia)

See review on this page.

Double Trouble (IIA) (Putonghua)

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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