Category Archives: Other sources

Caedmon Manuscript

OLD ENGLISH HAS A SERIOUS IMAGE PROBLEM

“Old English,” also termed “Anglo-Saxon,” was and is simply the form of the English language that predates the Norman Conquest of 1066. The first line of the earliest poem in Old English, a prayer called “Cædmon’s Hymn,” largely unfamiliar to modern English speakers, offers a taste of this forgotten language: Nu sculon herigean heofonrices weard […]

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WHY WE LOVE TO LEARN KLINGON: THE ART OF CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGES

In 1996, linguist D’Armond Speers became notorious for attempting to raise his baby son Alec as the world’s first native speaker of Klingon, an invented language from the Star Trek universe. Speers eventually abandoned the experiment when his son showed a marked reluctance, at the tender age of five, to use the language, but that hasn’t stopped other Klingon […]

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El arco de Tito, en el foro de Roma, construido para celebrar las victorias del emperador en Judea. RON SACHS (CORDON PRESS)

El latín, ¿lengua oficial de la UE?

El éxito editorial de un profesor italiano demuestra que el idioma fundacional de la cultura europea goza de buena salud y podría resucitar como argumento identitario para un continente en horas bajas. Una de las escenas más pintorescas de Il sorpasso (Dino Risi, 1962) concierne al pasaje en que unos sacerdotes alemanes detienen el Alfa […]

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All the Sports Words Only Americans Use

To many Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with junk food, cheering, the best new commercials, and possibly the sensation of winning (or losing) a war. People in other countries sometimes wonder if the prize is a very large bowl. It’s not just the fascination with football that befuddles non-Americans—it’s the very words we use […]

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Asesinato en el jardín botánico

Nostalgia de los crímenes ‘sanos’ en Palermo

Entrevista con Santo Piazzese con motivo de la publicación en España de ‘Asesinato en el jardín botánico’, un clásico de la novela negra mediterránea Nacer y crecer en medio de la barbarie mafiosa puede tener extraños efectos. Tras varias décadas con más de 150 asesinatos al año solo en Palermo (sin contar desapariciones o muertes […]

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