Language

Michelle Obama as a representative of the When We All Vote Squad

How Michelle Obama uses algorithmic knowledge

Paper
Ilse van Knegsel
28/04/2021
16 minutes to read

Michelle Obama is no longer America's First Lady, but through her social media presence, always being on-message, and algorithmic knowledge, she maintains her political impact.

Conlang: Fictional Languages and Online Communities

Article
Beau Swierstra
15/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Conlangs are getting more popular, especially because of the popularity of series like Game of Thrones. In shows, constructed languages are an important factor to create a storyworld. But fans speak conlangs also in reallife communities.

Merch for the ok, boomer trend

Ok boomer and the 'generation war'

Article
Leonie Milder
22/01/2020
14 minutes to read

By now, everyone has heard of it. The term ‘ok boomer’ has gone viral. The term comes from 'Baby Boomer', a name for the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Now, it means something completely different as the 'generation war' rages on.

2020: A Greek script Odyssey

Article
Francesca Iaboni
29/09/2020
14 minutes to read

A kind of lookalike English came about as a necessity for Greeks to adapt to the changes brought on by a digitalized world. To this day, "Greeklish" stirs public debate about the necessity to preserve and conserve cultural heritage.

What is wrong with the Confucius Institute?

Paper
Linmin Zheng
09/10/2019
13 minutes to read

From the need to know about China to a crackdown on Confucius Institutes across the West. In this article, the relation between the Confucius institutes, China and power are analysed. 

Bülent Arpaci Celebration Carnival Venray Dutch Tradition

Participating in Dutch carnival: Bülent the Turkish kebab man

Article
Claudia Gerards
27/02/2020
13 minutes to read

Carnival in the Netherlands is a weird tradition for many, but not for kebab man Bülent Arpaci. How did a small town in Northern-Limburg react to his Turkish carnival song, written in the local dialect?

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Globalization and the emergence of Chinglish and Greeklish

Paper
Xiao Lu
15/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Chinglish and Greeklish are taken over. This paper argues that in times cultural globalization, English becomes localized and gradually integrated into local communities due to the development of information technology.