Language & Culture

Language & Culture

How digital media is changing the way we talk

A new linguistic study analyzes how technology transforms our communication. The current change is unique in its speed—and may have far-reaching cultural and educational consequences in the long run.

Language & Culture

What’s the Most Offensive Word You Can Think Of?

There are some really offensive words stored in our mental lexicon. And regardless of whether we use these terms or not, we know that they have some particular features and effects that ordinary words do not. We know, for instance, that slur terms are offensive, and that some are more offensive than others. I conducted an empirical study with German native speakers to find out more about these terms and the differences in their offensiveness.

Language & Culture

A Pluriverse of Possibility: Thinking About the Future with Alexander Kluge

Rather than relying on possibility alone, Alexander Kluge’s experimental miniatures engender counterfactual horizons of futurity that are made incrementally accessible to lived experience through narrative form.

Language & Culture

You are not Pete Tong. I am Barry White.

Whilst demonstrating some of the joys of rhyming slang, the authors of A Dictionary of English Rhyming Slangs discuss something you may not have noticed in the title of their book.

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