Language Articles

(Un)translatables: Japanese Top Ten

May 17, 2019 6:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

(Un)translatables – my term – are words in one language that may take a paragraph to explain in another language … and still not quite get it right. (Title Image: Hokkaido University, kanji: ‘Japanese language’) All languages have them. Japanese has some really good ones. (Un)translatables in Japanese: The Bad... read more

Language Matters

Language Matters Symposium: Duke University

March 8, 2019 12:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Language Matters: The Event Today Friday March 8 a symposium at Duke University entitled Language Matters honors my scholarship. In particular the symposium focuses on the book I wrote with co-author Phillip Carter. The title of the book is Languages in the World. How History, Culture and Politics Shape Language.  The event... read more

Integrame

Integrame: Romanian Through Rebus

August 31, 2018 4:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Integrame are my current leisure-time obsession. They’re theme-based crossword puzzles that I can kinda, sorta do in Romanian. Look at the title image where I gathered a bunch of integrame collections I’ve worked through. UȘOARE and UȘURELE are both versions of the word ‘easy.’ Look further and you’ll see pentru începători... read more

Korean languages

Korean Language: A Duke Symposium

March 30, 2018 2:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Monday March 26 Hae-Young Kim, the Chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Duke University, organized a symposium on the Korean language. It was entitled “Politics of language and identity: Korean speakers in the peripheries of the national and transnational.” In the title photo you see, from the... read more

MeToo

MeToo Monologues – Duke University

February 27, 2018 2:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

First thing to do: distinguish MeToo Monologues from the #metoo movement. Two weeks ago I wrote on the #metoo movement in a post-Valentine’s Day blog. The #metoo movement is a social media effort mobilized to highlight the problem of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. In contrast, MeToo... read more