Babel No25 (November 2018)

Babel No25 (November 2018)ArticlesLanguage and Nationalism – Kiana Rezakhanlou looks at the relationship between language and the idea of nationhoodFrom Cookie to Boss – Claudia Bensi explores how Dutch influenced US language and societyLinguistic X-men – Hannah...

The Babel Young Writers’ Competition

Babel launched the Young Writers’ Competition in 2014, inspired by an article we published in 2013 by young linguist Kateryna Pavliuk on British Sign Language. In 2015, we introduced two different categories – one for 16-18-year-old linguists, and another...

Babel No24 (August 2018)

Babel No24 (August 2018)ArticlesEverything You Wanted to Know about Film Translation Formats – Beata Podwysocka on subtitles, dubbing and voice-overAfrikaans in Patagonia – Nicholas Henriksen explores the linguistic traits of a bilingual South African communityThe...

Babel No23 (May 2018)

Babel No23 (May 2018)ArticlesAround the World in a Loanword – Andreea S Calude on why we borrow words from other languagesThe Mystery of the Missing Prepositions – Laura R Bailey investigates different uses of ‘because’Can a Game of...

The Babel Lecture

The 2019 Babel Lecture The fifth annual Babel Lecture will be given by Jessica Coon, the linguistic consultant on the Hollywood film Arrival. Jessica will discuss aliens, fieldwork and Universal Grammar, and how her linguistic expertise enabled her to help the makers...

Babel No1 (2012) Digital

Babel No1 (2012) Articles Anything You Say May Be Given in Evidence – Peter French and Louisa Stevens describe the work of forensic speech scientists Circles of English – Marcus Bridle looks at how English norms are shifting as the language continues to spread How to...

Sampler issue

Articles Sweet bully BottomSome unusual Shakespearean usagesThe US foreign language deficitA look at the state of language-learning in AmericaThe art of KonglishA guide to the fusion of English and Korean Regular featuresAsk a linguistWhy is the letter ‘X’...

Babel No1 (2012)

ArticlesAnything you say may be given in evidenceA look at the work of forensic speech scientistsCircles of EnglishHow English norms are shiftingHow to speak VenusianThe problems of intergalactic communicationPoliteness in ChineseIs Chinese politeness really different...

Babel No2 (February 2013)

ArticlesKyanising, kestos and vassarettesThe stories behind famous brand namesLanguage as headacheHow to think like a linguistOur survey says…Research into the meaning of feminismPolariThe lost-and-found language of gay menRead all about it!A look at Early Modern...

Babel No3 (May 2013)

ArticlesDebunking the myth of the male polyglotA search for women with amazing linguistic powersEndangered alphabetsExploring the world’s endangered alphabetsLanguage, ideology and conflictHow language can create or solve conflictsWhat’s wrong with English...