Nambisan, who passed away recently, channeled with wry confidence and clarity the worlds of Malayalam, Sanskrit and Urdu poetry.
Language is like a net which lets us capture some things while letting others slip away.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
The Koshur now spoken is a hodgepodge of words from Urdu and Hindi, and to some extent corrupted English, and is thus not Kashmiri at all.
Were your teachers right about when to use commas and about not starting sentences with ‘and’?
‘Arrival’ takes advantage of a conflict between the past and the future to reveal how language can change the way we understand our purpose.
The cacophony of analyses on the demonitisation has overlooked the quieter yet constitutionally significant issue of the new notes having Devanagari numerals printed on them.
Humans have invented many technologies to survive better – spears, pots, calculators, even language. With language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself.
What do monkey gestures say about human language? Some argue the origin of human language lies in vocal calls while others nod towards gestures.
Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other?
It is high time the needs of the reader – and user – were placed above the narrow interests of those drafting the law.
Or, a ‘Proponement in Oppugnation’ to the Supreme Court’s use of language
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