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Nicanor Parra, Chilean Voice in an ‘Anti-Poet’ Movement, Dies at 103

With everyday language, Mr. Parra and others defied high-flown poetic conventions with a directness that evoked the humor and absurdity of modern life.

OK Google, read my book: audiobooks are now available on the Play Store

Google Play just launched audiobooks in 45 countries and nine languages. To celebrate, it’s offering dozens of best-sellers for under $10.

Author Ursula Le Guin, 88

5 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several, including “The Left Hand of Darkness” — set on a planet where the customary gender distinctions do not apply — have been in print for almost 50 years. The critic Harold Bloom lauded Ms. Le Guin as […]

NFL rejects veterans group's ad for Super Bowl program

NFL denies ad for Super Bowl program after disagreement on language about anthem standing with vets group        

Head shape study finds odd tie between sex and language

7 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Nobody really believes that the shape of our heads are a window into our personalities anymore. This idea, known as “phrenology”, was developed by the German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796 and was hugely...

Today I Discovered There Are More Than 300 Sign Languages In The World

Here's something I learnt recently. There are more than 300 sign languages in the world. This discovery has made me feel somewhat ignorant, because, just like the languages of the world, of course there is more than one sign language! More »      

Applications Now Open for SVA’s MFA in Art Writing

8 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

The program at SVA offers students the opportunity to bring their language into a complex meeting with the visual arts and the ideas that inform it. The post Applications Now Open for SVA’s MFA in Art Writing appeared first on Hyperallergic.

People From Around the World Share How They Say ‘Cheers’ in Their Respective Native Languages

8 hours agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a spirited episode of the Condé Nast Traveler series Many People from Many Countries Say Things, 70 different people from all over the world shared how they say “Cheers” in their native languages. While the words varied from country to country, the ritual of declaring a general toast aloud with an accompanying drink was...

High school teacher told students to 'turn the n----r tunes off' 

8 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

The teacher claimed the same language was used in the song, but the song contains no profanity.

Powerful stories of personal struggle fill this year's foreign language film nominees

A transgender woman grieving the loss of her lover, an insult that riles tensions in the Middle East and a vanished boy in snow-swept Russia — stories of personal struggle against the often cruel designs of larger forces — anchor this year’s list of Academy Award nominees for best foreign language...

Statebox: A Universal Language of Distributed Systems

Statebox is a startup trying to combine categories, open games, dependent types, Petri nets, string diagrams, and blockchains into a universal language for distributed systems.

Oscars: ‘The Insult’s Ziad Doueiri On Lebanon’s First Foreign-Language Nominee, Despite Attempts To Ban Film

EXCLUSIVE: Franco-Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri had a rough road to get to a Foreign Language Oscar nomination today with his drama, The Insult — including being arrested just after it premiered in Venice. Still, there’s comfort in the first-ever nomination for Lebanon since it began submitting films in 1978. Show More Summary

Rhetological Fallacies [INTERACTIVE]

An interactive list of logical fallacies & rhetorical devices with everyday examples. Now in nine languages. Floss that brain. Never be duped again! » See the graphic

Oklahoma Republican wants law to define wildlife as God’s property

11 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

An Oklahoma Republican wants to reclassify wildlife as the property of “Almighty God.” State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) said the legislation would remove outdated language and give the legislature more control over wildlife management, reported KWTV. “The way it currently is...

Oscars: Parsing A Strong Field Of Foreign Language Nominees; Reactions

Among the group of five filmmakers who advanced in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race this morning, there is joy, humility, a heavy sigh of relief and a first-time nod for Lebanon. There’s also a return nominee — and a couple of films...Show More Summary

Fun Reads: The Scots Language Translation of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

12 hours agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

These are several pages of the Scots language edition of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (previously: a predictive text Harry Potter chapter). It's available for purchase on Amazon HERE if you're looking for a fun vacation read. Show More Summary

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