Unseen Mark Twain fairytale to be published

By Danuta Kean A 16-page note about a fairytale told to Mark Twain’s daughters is to be published this year, on the 150th anniversary of the Huckleberry Finn author’s first book. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on handwritten notes by Twain of a story told to his young daughters one night in Paris in 1879. In the story, a young boy who can talk to animals recruits some creatures to help him save a kidnapped prince. The long-lost tale has been completed and illustrated by author and illustrator team Philip and…

Arrival – To geek out or not?

Alright people, by now you must have seen the movie “Arrival” (not to be confused with the other movie “The Arrival” where Charlie Sheen is chasing after some aliens that look like a satyr but not quite). There are several articles out there talking about the role of the linguists in the movie, or of the fact that we have a sci-fi movie showing how aliens and humans could communicate via language and not just numbers or sounds (anyone remember the mashed potato mountain of… the third kind?:P). I have…

Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions

Oxford Dictionaries has said it will review the example sentences it uses for the adjective “rabid” after being accused of sexism over its current example: “a rabid feminist”. The dictionary publisher, part of Oxford University Press, was taken to task by the Canadian anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan, after he noticed that the word “rabid”, defined by the dictionary as “having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something”, used the example phrase “rabid feminist”. Oman-Reagan tweeted about it to the publisher, suggesting they change it. Oman-Reagan,…

[Resource] Corpus ‘Australia 2015/2016’

The corpus ‘Australia 2015/2016’ includes all articles from major Australian newspapers published from August 2015 to July 2016 that include the key term ‘Australia’ or ‘Australian(s)’ in the title. Altogether, the corpus contains over 7 million tokens in almost 13,000 articles from 18 newspapers. The corpus thus reflects one year of printed media coverage of topics directly relevant to Australia. Download Australia2015/2016 Corpus here Download word frequencies from this corpus here Please follow and like us:

The Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture – Geological Society, London, 31/10/2016

The 2016 Lecture will be given by Peter Ingwersen, Professor Emeritus at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen, at the Geological Society in London during the afternoon of Monday 31st October. Professor Ingwersen won the award in 2015. There will be two speakers: following an introductory paper by Stephen Robertson – Search: then and now — with particular reference to the web, in which delegates will hear how we have reached the point at which Google is their primary or even sole entry-point to the…