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The Meaning of Words: Dystopias, Utopias and the Lingusitic

As lovers of literature, we are no strangers to the world of language and expression. But what happens when a society is built upon the tenant that the words not only don’t exist, but carry no meaning? Erin Pellarin explores the meanings words can have on society and personal feeling, comparing John’s repertoire of Shakespearean […] Continue reading

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What would you choose…

I would like to pose a question to all of you:
If you could choose to live a year as someone of another race, which race would you choose and why?
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“You can bet your bottom yuan”: Money in the Language Bank

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story depicts a world that has, to put it crudely, gone to hell in a handbasket. People never read anymore, because the smell of books disgust them; instead they “scan” or “stream” their narratives. They hardly talk (or “verbal”) to each other anymore, but instead communicate on aparats, something that […] Continue reading

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