Fall/Winter 2018-Language

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

Some are praising the decision as an attempt to preserve Urdu, and by extension, the Pakistani culture. But, an increasing number of Pakistanis are choosing to neglect Urdu and Pakistan’s regional languages in favor of English, due to English’s status as the global common language and as a signifier of socioeconomic prestige.

The Hybridity of Language: Italian in Argentina and Japanese in Brazil

The Hybridity of Language: Italian in Argentina and Japanese in Brazil

The evolutions of Brazilian Portuguese and Argentinian Spanish outline the massive impact of foreign introduction in these particular areas. From the invasion of Western powers to the influences of immigrant communities, these countries’ native languages underwent major cultural shifts in order to accommodate for the mass migration of people who became permanent, integral parts of the population.

Women's Testimony and the Language of Accusation

Women's Testimony and the Language of Accusation

Anita Hill was a law professor at Oklahoma University when she gave her testimony while Christine Blasey Ford is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. Both women faced the task of discrediting their attackers, who dismissed their accusations as slander. Both received death threats. Both found themselves at the center of a national conversation.  

Uncovering Understanding in Putnam's Theory of Meaning

Uncovering Understanding in Putnam's Theory of Meaning

When we consider the notions of competence and understanding, we see an intuitive relationship between them. Being competent in a subject entails being knowledgeable enough to accomplish a particular goal, perhaps established by context. Understanding something, on the other hand, implies a sort of complete knowledge about a subject.

Finding love as a Native Internet Speaker

Finding love as a Native Internet Speaker

Through seemingly reductive forms of digital communication, we are also creating a variety of ways to talk about our experience in the digital age. The newly coined vocabularies, styles, and emoticons of the digital medium are already amounting to a different kind of language. The famous blogger, Simon Stawski, went so far as to refer to the way couples communicate online as the “new language of love”.

Gender Divides in the Language of International Soccer

Gender Divides in the Language of International Soccer

The use of gendered language and rhetoric in the context of international soccer has resulted in the general international regard for women’s soccer as being secondary to men’s and trivialized in comparison. This undoubtedly has influenced general issues that exist in relation to sexism in the world of soccer and leads us to question how much inequality between the two genders remains within FIFA.

Fascist Language in American Political Discourse

Fascist Language in American Political Discourse

Fascist’ is commonly used by both sides of the political spectrum to discredit the other. Its connotations are rich and varied, but its primary use is to insinuate that another’s viewpoint is hate-filled, totalitarian, antiquated, dangerous, stupid or just plain wrong.

Conveying Pain Through Comedy

Conveying Pain Through Comedy

Comedy can underline societal issues, humor can be used a vehicle for change. By injecting humor into issues such as racism, feminism, and homophobia, comedians like Hasan Minhaj, Trevor Noah, and Hannah Gadsby communicate their community’s pain in a way which is indirect, yet effective.