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The Great British Art tour: the royalist who spoke the king’s language of love

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This portrait of nobleman and royalist Sir Richard Fanshawe is full of clues that tell us the story of his life, what sort of person he was – or the persona that he wanted to show. The greyhound on his lap is a symbol...

Chilean indigenous language vanishes as last living Yamana speaker dies

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An indigenous language from South America’s extreme south has all but vanished after the death of its last living speaker and guardian of its ancestral culture. Cristina Calderón died on Wednesday, aged 93. She had ma...

Hard Like Water by Yan Lianke review – language as a weapon

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In the opening chapters of Hard Like Water, Yan Lianke’s 2001 novel now published in English, a soldier watches a young woman undo the five buttons of her shirt; she appears to him like an erotic, immortal being. They...

Scott Morrison softens language on wage rises amid pressure on cost of living

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Scott Morrison has softened his language on wage rises as he faces mounting concern about the cost of living. The prime minister on Tuesday also urged drivers to dob in operators suspected of jacking up petrol prices....

English exam boards may be asked to avoid ‘complex language’

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Exam boards could be asked to avoid using “complex language” including colloquialisms, sarcasm and idioms in assessments to make them more accessible for pupils. Ofqual, the exams regulator in England, has published d...

Nets’ Kevin Durant fined $50,000 by NBA for ‘derogatory language’

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Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for his offensive and derogatory language in social media messages to actor Michael Rapaport. Rapaport released images of the private messages Tuesday on his Twitte...

BBC to resume English language reporting in Russia

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The BBC is to resume English language reporting in Russia after it had temporarily suspended its coverage to assess the implications of the country’s new media law. It paused the work of its news reporters and support...

Millions of pupils in England had no language teaching in lockdowns – survey

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Millions of children did not receive any language tuition during lockdowns in England, the British Council has said. The council’s annual survey of English primary and secondary schools found that more than half of pr...

Facebook fails to stop Spanish language anti-abortion disinformation, study says

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Anti-abortion Facebook pages with millions of followers are spreading disinformation about abortion to Spanish speakers with little to no intervention from the social media platform, according to a new report from Nar...

‘We feel pride’: old Western gets new life dubbed in Navajo language

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Manuelito Wheeler isn’t sure exactly why Navajo elders admire Western films. It could be that decades ago, many of them were treated to the films in boarding schools off the reservation decades ago. Or, like his fathe...

‘Race against the clock’: the school fighting to save the Ojibwe language before its elders pass away

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Northern Wisconsin’s only Ojibwe immersion school built a successful program to revitalize its language. Then the pandemic upended the tribe’s lifeIn the deep forest of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal reservation, sixt...

‘My film language? Sega and Nintendo’ – Larry Achiampong brings a gamer’s pizzazz to the gallery

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The first voice you hear in Larry Achiampong’s new film, Wayfinder, is that of his eight-year-old daughter, Zael. “The beginning of every story starts at the end of another,” she says, with the endearing hesitancy of ...

Passing the ‘chimp test’: how Neanderthals and women helped create language

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How and when did human language evolve? Did a “grammar module” just pop into our ancestors’ brains one day thanks to a random change in our DNA? Or did language come from grooming, or tool use, or cooking meat with fi...

EU advice on inclusive language withdrawn after rightwing outcry

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An internal European Commission document advising officials to use inclusive language such as “holiday season” rather than Christmas and avoid terms such as “man-made” has been withdrawn after an outcry from rightwing...

Quebec’s French language policy is nothing to rebel against

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The Canadian province is simply taking measures to protect its official languageSo Quebec “has at times taken provocative steps to preserve French as its official language” (Pardon my French: dismay in Quebec as franc...

‘She’s creating her own language’: Christine Sun Kim’s unique sound art

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At the Queens Museum, artist Christine Sun Kim’s newly completed mural features the words TIME OWES ME REST AGAIN, scrawled in black, spanning a crisp white wall, 40ft high and 100ft wide. The familiar action lines yo...

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