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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 1, 2009 5 Comments
Road Signs: International Edition

This has been a rather eventful month for road signs across the globe, so here’s a short round up of some of the more interesting news that caught my attention in January..

The Birmingham City Council, UK, has decided to drop possessive apostrophes from road signs, to the dismay of many, particularly the Apostrophe […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 29, 2009 3 Comments
Funny Road Signs…

I found this great post entitled “Top 50 Funny Road Signs” on Reddit…Enjoy my top 4 favorites here:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 13, 2009 2 Comments
Hidden Signs

From the New Delhi, India, campaign and “to-let” flyers make an appearance on street signs:

Who cares where you are?

 

 

 

 

 

And behold the irrelevance of traffic signs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 11, 2009 4 Comments
Danger Signs

As we drove to the gym today in a satellite town of New Delhi, India, I was struck by a skull and crossbones sign painted on the back of an auto-rickshaw. It had the word “STOP” written beneath it (see below). Now, I associate the skull and crossbones sign with poison and pirates…I have never […]

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Written By: daveski on December 19, 2008 7 Comments
Signs all the way home

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to use this space to post pictures of signs and talk about them — no, not the worn-out diagrams of tree-sounds and tree-concepts, the signifiers and signifieds of Saussure’s universe (though those are plenty interesting too). I’m talking about the kind of signs that you and I […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 8, 2008 2 Comments
Signs from Around the World!

A really amazing Flickrite, Tony Bowden, has compiled a massive gallery of signs from around the world. Check it out here. [Hat tip: Chris Bodenner.] Looking at the signs he has collected, I was reminded of a very interesting sign I took a picture of, at a park in New Delhi, India, […]

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Written By: kimmesome on December 14, 2012 No Comment

What I find interesting is how different companies use different methods to make themselves appealing to consumers.  The same company can even market its products differently simply because of a different neighborhood having a different type of people.  Something that is interesting is how clothing brands market their products differently to people based on location.  […]

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Written By: daveski on December 12, 2012 No Comment

This past semester, students in a new Sophomore Seminar offered through East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Berkeley Language Center have taken significant steps toward understanding the complexity of language in multilingual environments like Berkeley.

Rather than focus on the speech or writing practices of bilingual individuals, however, participants […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 18, 2012 No Comment

The article, Hindi, Hinglish: Head to Head” by Ananya Vajpeyi (Assistant Professor of History, UMass Boston), published by the World Policy Journal, jumped out at me from among the sundry language policy related news items in a listserv email I received. While the attempt to parse out delicate and complicated issues related […]

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Written By: aaminahm on June 16, 2012 No Comment

Last night I found myself feeling unsettled as I walked a long with a small group of junior research associates that I met this week at the Digital Media and Learning hub’s Summer Institute in Cambridge, MA. Having grown up in the Bay Area and having spent some time in the south I have experienced […]

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Written By: daveski on March 7, 2012 2 Comments

As I began to write last time, waiting for my connecting flight back to California from the February 22-24 4th International Workshop on Linguistic Landscape, I had departed for this gathering in Addis Ababa with two conceptual questions and one applied question in mind. First, for the linguistic landscape workshop participants–a […]

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Written By: daveski on March 1, 2012 No Comment

My mind is awash with thoughts from last week’s linguistic landscape workshop in Ethiopia’s capital city—thoughts from the last two days of informal visits to the campus of Addis Ababa University, from a group excursion 300km through the countryside to the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge, […]

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Written By: daveski on October 17, 2011 2 Comments
The Skype “S”

Last week I had the opportunity to go and talk with the students in Claire Kramsch’s UGIS 120 class, the introductory course for the new Applied Language Studies minor being offered out of the College of Letters & Science. The topic of the day was medium, discourse, and multimodality, and while my presentation […]

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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on June 15, 2011 No Comment
Adventures in Hindi Reality TV: Ratan ka Rishta (Part II)

As I tune in to tonight’s episode (14, but who’s counting?), Ratan is saying things about the different suitors, in what appears to be a slightly mocking tone. Her current target is Abhinav Sharma, the tallest of the bunch, a New Delhi software developer with a gaunt face and smoothed hair. The […]

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Written By: daveski on November 7, 2010 11 Comments
Following the language faculty cuts at LSU

There’s a certain urgency to the question asked on the blog of The Foreign Language Fourteen, “When did you first realize that knowing a foreign language was cool?” The blog prompts its readers with questions like “Do you know that Spanish won’t get you anywhere in Brazil?” “Can you read Plato […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 4, 2010 No Comment
Reading the City

There is a dark blue neon sign that glows in the distance at the entrance to my new apartment building. It’s unreadable: in fact, I do not even know if it has lettering. It is this exotic, inscrutable glow casting a mysterious light, bathing the building before it in a dim glow, a faint glimmer […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 2, 2010 No Comment
English Next India: The Numbers Game

A recent article in the Times of India discusses the state of English education in India, a language which is one of the focal points in discourses around “development.” Progress, one hears often, depends on our English skills-the nation’s very future depends on how well we speak/read/write the language.  So much so, that […]

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Written By: daveski on February 19, 2010 3 Comments
RT: Getting these #wordsonline @ucbFIT

I remember what a good friend told me several years after he had finished his PhD in New York and moved to Osaka, Japan. We were going over some old emails–you know, the quality kind, the long kind of emails that were composed and not just dashed off in a series of bullet points and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 17, 2010 No Comment

for Google? Here’s what’s up:

Google may be earning an alleged $500 million a year via companies and individuals who register deceptive website addresses.

The claim centres on a controversial scheme known as “typosquatting“, the practice of registering a misspelled variant of a popular web domain. For example, a typosquatter might register “newscientsist.com” in […]

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Written By: Elena on February 14, 2010 No Comment

Very worryfying!

“You know, like, yeah, what can I say, I mean, it’s just that, you know… I and my friends…” (English, altruism, big smile!) “Sorry, my friends and I…( I was, you were, he, she, it was, we were), “we were arriving, you know, oh, sorry, we arrived in the USA few days ago, […]

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