We tend to think of propaganda as old wartime posters, short monochrome films, crackly radio announcements and racist newspaper clippings from a hundred years ago. We tend to think of Nazis, communism and Apartheid – and link it to words like “regime” or “dictator”. Propaganda uses language overtly, covertly and subconsciously, to form opinion and […]
Dog owners will tell you that they know exactly what their beloved pet is trying to communicate to them. And cat owners will tell you what each little meow and purr means. But you don’t have to own a pet to experience intercommunication with an animal – in fact, basic interspecies communication is built […]
In 1977, two spacecraft were launched from Earth, never to return: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. They would travel so fast that eventually, they’d leave the solar system behind altogether, and become the first interstellar objects ever made. On board each Voyager was a Golden Record – a greeting to anyone out there that should […]
Latin was the language of Rome. The ancient Greek language spanned the entire empire. Every great civilisation developed languages that spread throughout them, only to fall silent after they fell. Those languages were destined never to be uttered in their true form again. It seems that languages die out with the civilisations that used them […]
It’s strange to think that we’ll never really know how people spoke in ancient times – and that such knowledge can be lost. The only surviving traces of ancient languages are in texts, and only those preserved well enough have lasted long enough for us to see. But those texts have allowed us to rewind […]
Language is so important to our perception of reality that it can transport us to different worlds. Woven into the details of films and television shows, entire languages have been developed. Without the viewer even realising it, a depth and realism are forged that we immediately buy into; partly because we expect a different language […]
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