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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 10, 2009 1 Comment

मैं दिल्ली में एक अनाथाश्रम गयी दो साल पहले. वहां कुछ बच्चों के साथ मैंने बात की. मैं उन्हें अंग्रेजी सीखने के बारे में पूछ रही थी. सब बच्चे बोल रहे थे की वे सोचते थे कि अंग्रेजी सीखने से ही वे कुछ बन सकते हैं. इंटरव्यू के बीच में एक बच्चे ने पूछा, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 8, 2009 1 Comment

Samajwadi Party (a regional Indian party) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s campaign promise to abolish the use of English, “angrezi hatao” (Remove English) in UP (Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state) has been causing quite a bit of tumult. Mulayam specifically promised “to ban English in education and computers in new projects.” My parents […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 3, 2009 No Comment
English: One Million Strong?

Somewhere within “five days either side of” April 29th, 2009, the English language will surpass one million words, the Global Language Monitor says, according to the Economist. Really?

Countdown To a Million Words?

Ummm, not so much….the article concludes thusly-yes, thusly:

So…is the 1m-word claim meaningless? Yes, largely. But English does indeed have […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 3, 2009 2 Comments
“Lost in Transliteration?”

Linguists claim that text messaging could save endangered languages from slipping into oblivion, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Michael Cahill, a SIL linguistics coordinator, noted that “texting is helping to preserve languages” since the young are motivated to text in their native languages. The predictive text capability, “which […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 19, 2008 2 Comments

When all the people of the world finally speak the same language and commune in the same message or the same norm of reason, we will descend, idiot imbeciles, lower than rats, more stupidly than lizards. The same maniacal language and science, the same repetitions of the same in all latitudes–an earth covered with […]

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