Language & Culture

Language & Culture

Slavery and the Black Presence in Spanish Golden-Age Literature

So far, scholars have had surprisingly little to say about Zaide, a black character that appears in the famous novel Lazarillo de Tormes. So how does the figure of a black slave fit into a canonical work of Spanish Golden-Age letters?

Language & Culture

“Tatort” And the Politics of Migration on German Prime Time TV

The public broadcaster NDR recently announced the casting of Florence Kasumba as the first Black female investigator in the popular crime series Tatort. Is media scholars’ ongoing criticism of the lack of diversity on German TV screens finally becoming obsolete?

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.

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