Sunday, 2 April, 2023
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Topic: Language

How to know whether the person you’re listening to is an expert or just a confident speaker

Experts may know precisely what they cannot be sure about, while non-experts may confidently claim pure nonsense if they believe in it.

Grunt, hoo & bark — study shows chimpanzees can string together sounds to form ‘sentences’

Findings of international group of researchers who observed adult chimpanzees at Taï National Park in Africa’s Ivory Coast published in open-access journal 'Communications Biology'.

‘I am not Chinese, I am Taiwanese’: Conversations in Mandarin and how both cultures differ

As a Mandarin language student in Taipei, I am often told I add ‘R’s to words like a Beijinger. ‘That’s not how we say it in Taiwan,’ my teacher says.

Dear Indians, MTI stigma is just language apartheid. Make English another bhasha

It is easy to laugh at this tragic-comic situation of aspirational Indians trying desperately to forget their mother tongue.

China propaganda now in Spanish, German, Russian. And Weibo gushes over Ford’s India exit

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.

A new language is here, and almost everyone in the world knows it ?

Emojis have ended up in court cases, fatwas, good-morning messages, White House reports and more. And by 2022, we’ll have over 3,400 of them.

Jagan Reddy is giving Andhra Pradesh children something better than gold — English education

The Andhra Pradesh model of education under CM Jagan Reddy is breaking barriers for children. He’s equalising language.

English language gained in power in India only after the British left

In ‘Wanderers, Kings, Merchants’, linguist Peggy Mohan writes that until Independence, English was only a second language of a few Indians.

With Nagari Pracharini Sabha’s ruin, Hindi is losing a major centre and its best think-tank

Caught between a bitter fight and a court battle, Varanasi’s Nagari Pracharini Sabha, once the most prestigious body for promotion of Hindi, needs urgent intervention.

Indian farmer and soldier as ‘he’— why 21st century editors are at war with their keyboards

Grammar is not a divine monolith. If we don’t include all people when we write, even a single pronoun can snip a little girl’s dreams.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.