How the English Language Conquered the World

Global Politics and the Power of Language
By Rosemary Salomone

“Every time the question of language surfaces,” the Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote, “in one way or another a series of other problems are coming to the fore,” like “the enlargement of the governing class,” the “relationships between the governing groups and the national–popular mass” and the fight over “cultural hegemony.” Vindicating Gramsci, Rosemary Salomone’s “The Rise of English” explores the language wars being fought all over the world, revealing the political, economic and cultural stakes behind these wars, and showing that so far English

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Aranese: Spain’s little-known language – BBC Travel

However, the hiking trail was snowed under when I jumped off the bus. Without snowshoes or cross-country skis, I took the 2km-long tarmacked road instead. Churches rise high above every village in Val d’Aran, and there was one standing tall at the entrance to Bagergue. Constructed in a local Romanesque style that was popular in the Middle Ages, Val d’Aran’s churches were built not only as places of worship, but as castles, watchtowers and fortifications designed to guard the frontier.

Bagergue is home to the highestaltitude cheese shop in Catalonia, where local producers have revived a traditional mountain

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‘Rough’ words feature a trill sound in languages around the globe

The prevalence of trilled /r/ for ‘rough’ vs ‘smooth’ in 112 languages from 25 unrelated families. The paper reports 4 studies of a larger range of languages and a larger range of words, including from the Americas, where trilled /r/ is rare and the pattern consequently absent. This simplified map combines Figure 2 and Fig 4A from the Scientific Reports research paper. Credit: Bodo Winter et al.

In languages spoken around the world, words describing rough surfaces are highly likely to feature a “trilled /r/” sound—a linguistic pattern that stretches back over 6,000 years, a new study reveals. The international

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Knicks’ Julius Randle fined $25K fine for ‘profane language’

BOSTON — Julius Randle didn’t get a free pass from the NBA on Saturday and it is to be determined whether he will get a free pass from the fans he may have insulted.

Despite the long apology he issued Friday night on Instagram at the encouragement of the Knicks and his team at Creative Artists Agency, Randle, who struggled in a 13-point night in the Knicks’ 99-75 blowout loss to the Celtics, has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for two incidents of “egregious use of profane language” this week relating to fans.

Randle made his comments to

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First printing of Hawaiian language commemorated

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Can Animals Learn Language Like Humans Do?

Few things in life spark the imagination quite like the idea of being able to converse with organisms of a different species. (Just look at Hugh Lofting, who penned the much-loved Doctor Dolittle books based on that very premise.) We want to know if our pets think we are treating them well. We want to know if zoo animals are content with their captivity, or if they’d rather go back into the wild. We want to ask the predator why they hunt their prey, and if they feel at all sorry for doing so. 

Unfortunately, anyone who has spent any

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Golden Globes Left Off Foreign Language and Animated Films From Best Picture Category on Nomination Ballots (EXCLUSIVE)

The Golden Globes are on Sunday night, but no one will be able to see it because NBC canceled its broadcast of the ceremony following an avalanche of controversy for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. After much scrutiny, the group announced multiple plans for changes and diversity reforms in its organization. One of the changes proposed was to allow non-English language and animated films to compete in its top categories. However, that change wasn’t put into practice to produce this year’s crop of nominees.

When members of the HFPA fill out their electronic ballots to vote for nominees, they

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Rooney Mara And Joaquin Phoenix’s Body Language, Explained

Christine Giordano

Joaquin Phoenix was once convinced fiancée Rooney Mara despised him. The super-private pair met in 2012 on the set of Her, a Spike Jonze film in which Rooney played Joaquin’s character’s ex-wife. Turns out, she was just shy, Vanity Fair reported. So, he went for it. “She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet,” he told the magazine. “We were just friends, email friends. I’d never done that. Never looked up a girl online.”

The duo eventually joined forces again in 2016 while filming Mary Magdalene, in which Rooney played the titular role and Joaquin

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Harvard’s New Genetics Research on Ancient Britain Contains Insights on Language, Ancestry, Kinship, Milk

A photograph of the skeleton of one of the four individuals who we have sequenced who we think is likely to have participated in the migration we detect into southern Britain and to have displaced half the ancestry of the local population. This skeleton was excavated from the site of Cliffs End Farm in Kent. Credit: Wessex Archaeology

Two new studies highlight technological advances in large-scale genomics and open windows into the lives of ancient people.

New research reveals a major migration to the island of Great Britain 3,000 years ago and offers fresh insights into the languages spoken at

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French language guardians upset over English on France’s new identity cards

The academy charged with defending the French language is threatening to take the government to court over the use of English on the country’s new identity card.

The latest versions of the laminated cards that were introduced last year have included English translations of the different data fields, with “surname”, “date of birth” and “expiry date” appearing next to their French equivalent in a slightly smaller, italic font.

Every French citizen is required to have a national identity card which they can also use as their main travel document when heading to another European Union country.

The addition of the

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