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The assumption of mutual comprehensibility between speakers of Spanish and Portuguese creates a culture of mutual ignorance. Read more

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A look back at World War I as the first great twentieth-century pollution of language. Read more

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Do shared languages form the natural boundaries of any nation in the world? Read more

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A reflection on the complex and often inexplicable process of bibliographic categorizations. Read more

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A writer whose work is among the most important contributions to the literature of the Holocaust is forgotten by almost all. Read more

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Mandelbrot reviews The Wage Slave's Glossary written by Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell and illustrated by Seth. Read more

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For four decades, Jay Powell and Vickie Jensen helped to revive forgotten languages for many Aboriginal groups along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Read their story here. Read more

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A list of words gleaned from Sarah Boxer’s favourite blogs, listed in “Blogs,” an essay by Sarah Boxer published in the New York Review of Books on February 14, 2008. Read more

Lists

What happens when you take a famous poem and run it through a series of European language translations and back to English? Read more

Poetry

Want to know what a misplaced modifier looks like? How about a dangling participle? Look no further. Read more

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Bicycles are common but not always what you’d call obvious. Read more

FINDINGS

Why does one culture give a flower a pretty, poetic name, while another culture names it in a seemingly derogatory way? Read more

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Military coups, civil wars, and NAFTA are the cause of trilingual labels in Canadian big box stores. Read more

Columns

He is one of the strangest crea­tures of that strangest of lit­er­ary bes­tiaries. Read more

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Ann Carson has written a sensual and thought-provoking book about desire and called it Eros the Bittersweet (Dalkey Archive Press). My friends tell me you can't theorize about desire, and my lovers tell me (when I begin to theorize about desire) that Read more

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For an English-speaking Canadian who has been exposed to French from an early age, Paris is the most disorienting city in Europe. It is grandiose, but it is mundane. Read more

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