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Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest article icon

Languages

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year.

Article
10 mins
Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants? article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants?

New research in Finland suggests that the time demands, insecurity and relative isolation of cleaning work may make the dream of integration harder for new arrivals to achieve.

Article
5 mins
What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? article icon

Languages

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in more than a single tongue, explains Ingrid Piller.

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5 mins
Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture audio icon

Languages

Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture

Schools in Birmingham and Kolkata; time as a student in Oxford and France - growing up, Reeta Chakrabarti was exposed to a lot of cultures and languages. In this short interview, she shares some of her experiences of language growing up, and explains how language can be a gateway to new experiences.

Audio
5 mins
Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? article icon

Languages

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?

Article
5 mins
Would you want your child to become an interpreter? article icon

Languages

Would you want your child to become an interpreter?

"Mum, Dad. I know what I want to be. I want to be an interpreter." How would you react?

Article
5 mins
How can statistics bring dead languages back to life? audio icon

Science, Maths & Technology

How can statistics bring dead languages back to life?

Languages long unspoken are being brought back to life through statistical models.

Audio
5 mins
Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe? article icon

Languages

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe?

Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the islands will remain strong. Indeed, he says, that might have been part of the problem in the first place...

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5 mins
Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? article icon

Languages

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and why some things are better left untouched.

Article
5 mins
Brexit: On the vote in Wales article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Brexit: On the vote in Wales

Wales voted leave by a margin of 52.5 per cent. It is an interesting case study of how people voted against their own material self interest, to increase their precarity, and to become even poorer than they already are, writes Daniel Evans.

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5 mins
Where a ban has been replaced by a bee article icon

Languages

Where a ban has been replaced by a bee

Once, American children were punished for talking Spanish. Now, they're being celebrated.

Article
5 mins
Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets video icon

History & The Arts

Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks at Shakespeare’s sonnets as they relate to sexuality and love in China. 

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5 mins