Motto: "The problem with words is you don't know whose mouths they've been in." (Dennis Potter) Ever since Aristotle, and probably way before that, our world has been both aware of and fascinated by the hypnotic power of words. Our word choices and how we put them together to create context and meaning, social representations … Continue reading Language and Thought: How Interconnected Are They?
"How can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them, while you (...) must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself." … Continue reading Language Quote of the Day
Welcome back! Whether you love it or loath it, it is undeniably Monday again, and I owe you an explanation, seeing how I left you last week with the seemingly impenetrable riddle of "This is me sausage". I'm sure most of you have already figured it out, but for those of you who haven't, here is … Continue reading Denglish Reloaded
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Secret tip: It’s not the letter “B”. Oh no, this goes far beyond that and is infinitely more profound. Guessed it yet? (Drumsticks rumble.) What good brands and beer have in common is, well, MALT! Clearly, this connection only occurs to the perceptive mind (PM) – or in the afternoon (PM)? I forget. One thing … Continue reading 6 Essential Criteria for Good Brand Names – Or What Do Brands and Beer Have in Common
I'll bet you've been meaning to ask. What is transcreation? And why is it such a great thing? A cool moniker, but also confusing, the word “transcreation” is a blend of two earlier concepts: “translation” (from linguistics) and “creation” (from advertising). It describes the process of translating advertising or marketing content in a different language AND … Continue reading What Is Transcreation? (And Why Is It Such a Great Thing?)
Why does language matter? Why is it important and beneficial for people to have very good language skills? Postmodern culture theorists will tell you all notions are socially constructed, and that language is used not only to reflect, but also to co-create realities. In a sense, all reality is textual: it depends itself on language … Continue reading Language and Logic: Deconstructing Political Discourse (I)
Now, another theory I absolutely love in terms of conversation analysis and pragmatics (speaker meaning) is Brown and Levinson's "Politeness theory". According to Yule (2014), politeness is showing awareness and consideration for another person's emotional and social sense of self (or "face"). Psychology tells us there are at least two basic psychological needs we all … Continue reading Social Interactions via Language – Politeness