Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
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The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
‘All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost’ - ancient Elvish verse of prophecy.
Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there's an art to making up languages.
Shakespeare’s use of dialect is a key argument used by those who stand by the traditional author. But these so-called “Warwickshire dialect” words are nothing of the sort.
Five perspectives on how our language is evolving – and where it might end up.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ (1563).
While translation technology has improved dramatically, there are some significant hurdles.
Mourning in Brussels.
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Torn between localism and pan-Europeanism, the idea of "Belgium" means almost nothing.
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
John Z'graggen’s tapes from Madang.
There are hundreds of different languages spoken in the Pacific region that could be lost. So it's important to safeguard what recordings we have in a digital archive available to all.
Donald Trump fires up the crowd during a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan.
An expert in American political rhetoric highlights an extremely effective rhetorical device to which the controversial candidate often resorts.
Ted Cruz and his backpfeifengesicht?
Even if you don't have a word for it, you can make one up.
Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
No platform shoes for pedants.
Pedants fixated on a 'correct' version of English should learn to roll with the times.
Every language contains a unique, and irreplaceable, worldview.
Malcolm Turnbull's tears have drawn attention to harsh truths about the loss of Indigenous culture. As a nation we should embrace Indigenous languages.
Umberto Eco, who has died aged 84.
He offered a glorious insight into the wonders of semiotics.
What’s in a word?
The extraordinary words that capture the colourful diversity of the English language.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
With Vikings on trend, it's high time for a masterclass on the bizarre world of their names.
The best way to remove the potency from an “offensive” word is to use it frequently.
Flickr/Andréa Portilla Follow
The word "cunt" has made its way into popular discourse, and while some are still offended by it, it's nowhere near as outrageous as it once was.
Ted Cruz speaks at a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Is 'chutzpah' actually – as Ted Cruz claimed – a New York word? And what's with the candidate's insistence on distancing himself from New York City?
Resented, mistrusted and misunderstood – do native English speakers risk being marginalised in international business?