Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
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Topic: Language

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.

Yogi govt starts issuing press releases in Sanskrit, 2 senior officials to monitor initiative

UP govt decision to send out press releases and CM's speeches in Sanskrit, apart from Hindi, English & Urdu, comes on the instructions of Yogi Adityanath.

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

First batch of women cadets to join NDA

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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