Babel No. 12 will be on its way to our subscribers in early August. As usual, it’s full of articles covering a variety of topics, as well as our usual features keeping you up to date with the latest linguistic research.
In our cover story, Georgina Brown explores the world of Speech Technology, looking at the many different uses of the combination of Phonetics and Computer Science - from getting from A to B using Sat-Nav to deciding whodunit in court. She also addresses the frightening question of whether our computers might be getting a bit too clever...
Our other feature articles look at the idea of correctness in language – is there such a thing? Lexicographer Jeremy Butterfield looks at the differences between British English and American English, Jürg Schwyter tells the story of the BBC Pronunciation Unit, and Babel editor Dan McIntyre looks at the difference between description and prescription, arguing that good linguists should not tell people how to use language!
Elsewhere, Sarah Chevalier tries to answer the question ‘What’s in a name?’, exploring the reasons why we attach certain associations to particular names, and our beautiful pull-out poster features illustrations from Ellen Frances Sanders, author of Lost in Translation – pick up some new vocabulary and learn about the nature of ‘untranslateables’.
You can also keep up to date with the latest language in news, find out why we talk to babies in the third person, learn a bit of Bosnian and enjoy the latest entry in our Linguistic Lexicon, which this issue brings you the letter ‘L’!
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You can also read Babel No. 1 for free, to see what you can expect inside!