I have a theory that, the busier and livelier a city is, the more it needs places of retreat, places where one can get away and be quiet and still. Beside the garden walls,We walk in haunts of ancient...
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Daniel Hahn on a fascinating experiment in language and the effects of style
Too often translation is discussed in terms of loss. What hasn't come through? How is the translation inferior to the original? Multiples, refreshingly, does the opposite: it asks, instead, what is it that survives? And in particular, can something like "style", which we attach so closely to the specificities of linguistic activity, survive being wrenched out of a language entirely and remade in another? Novelist Adam Thirlwell devised an experiment to put these questions to the test. The outcome is this impossible, fascinating book.
As Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth." Here, illustrated, are 11 words whose concepts cannot be properly explained across cultures.
Hayao Miyazaki's hauntingly beautiful historical epic draws a sober portrait of Japan between the two World Wars. (THE WIND RISES - Miyazaki's masterful meditation on Japanese national identity between the two World Wars.
Manchester is the third most ethnically diverse city in the world after Paris and New York according to fascinating new research.
An astonishing 200 languages are spoken there by a population of less than half a million, making the northern city known for Coronation Street and club music more multicultural than London.
Despite having a relatively small population of 480,000, immigration means that dozens of rare languages are spoken in Manchester including Nahuatl, the ancient language of the Aztecs, Zulu, from South Africa, and Dari, from Afghanistan.
You will also hear Lingala, Idomo and Ewe on the city's streets, not to mention Eleme, a Nigerian dialect spoken by just 3,000 people worldwide, Igbo and Konkani.
The findings of the Multicultural Manchester project showed that nearly half of the city's population spoke at least two languages, while only three per cent said they were unable to speak English, with 80 per cent of the population saying they could speak it well or very well.
The project's Professor Yaron Matras, who is a professor of linguistics at Manchester University, said having such a multilingual population was of enormous benefit to the city's economy, opening the doorway to business links with hundreds of countries worldwide.
He told the Manchester Evening News: 'We are receiving a very important resource for free.
'Language skills are often in demand, with online adverts in the first part of 2013 offering jobs in customer service, sales, marketing, management roles and teaching.'
Manchester's 153-plus languages (researchers believe the figure is nearer 200) are the result of immigration into the city over centuries.
Among the first immigrants were the Romans, who in around 79AD built a fort near the rivers Medlock and Irwell. It became a prosperous mill-town, and Manchester's population grew most rapidly around the turn of the 19th century with the industrial revolution.
Now known for its culture, engineering and sports industries in particular, Manchester is the fastest-growing city in the UK.
The Guardian Why languages matter to me: Eddie Izzard, Alastair Campbell and more The Guardian Languages: stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard has a hunger to learn different languages and puts his linguistic skills to test when he is touring overseas.
In the latest episode of Mental Floss, host John Green discusses 28 Foods Named After People. For instance, German chocolate cake is actually named after an American named Sam German and has nothing to do with the ...