Call for papers closing, booking page open

The booking page is now LIVE for the Ponying the Slovos conference! If you want to attend, please go to http://www.coventry.ac.uk/ponyingtheslovos2016 and register. There is no charge for attending the symposium, which will include refreshments throughout the day, but if you want to attend the informal dinner afterwards, there will be a cost of £20…

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Crowdsourcing language construction

Like Klingon before it, the languages of George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (better known to many in its televisual form, 'Game of Thrones') have a peculiar mode of construction, being partly generated by individuals and partly crowdsourced. The Klingon language was, as originally presented in the first 'Star Trek' movie, a…

Bowie sings Nadsat

Music legend David Bowie's unexpected new album 'Blackstar', released on his 69th birthday two days ago, features a rather experimental track entitled 'Girl Loves Me', which appears to be sung primarily in Nadsat, with additions from the gay London slang of the Sixties, Polari. Slooshy well, my little droogies:  

How do you translate a dialect?

In our project using corpus linguistics methodologies to analyse the invented language of Nadsat in Anthony Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange', we have discovered that there are significant grey areas demarcating the borders between language, creole, pidgin and dialect. Is Burgess's 'Nadsat' a language? Is it merely, as some glossary compilers and editors have suggested, a…