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Faces, by Mollus via DeviantArt.

Bodily experiences and emotions are hard to capture in research methods that rely on models, questionnaires, and statistics. How can researchers record feelings?

Monica Heller

Have you heard the latest talk about language – field language, conference language, journal language, theorizing language? A collaborative experiment is unfolding right now, and you can take part.

Urumqi: Capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. Photo by Sophia Slavich, taken June 2013.

What would you associate naan bread, headscarves, mosques and desert bazaars with? Meet the Uyghurs, ten million Turkic Muslims living on China’s western periphery.

Your ride to language diversity. Photo by Ad Meskens (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Home to around 800 different languages, New York is a delight for linguists. It also provides a rich hunting ground for those trying to document languages threatened with extinction.

The BIC for Her pen (Image from Amazon.com)

Banana slicers, unicorn meat, BIC for Her pens, steering wheel tables — all these Amazon products are subject to comedic reviews, reflecting our desire for the ridiculous and our relationships with products.

The useful art of sorting knowledge: Dewey's original divisions. Photo by Celia Emmelhainz.

Ever suspected that libraries simply assign random numbers to books? The bizarre history behind the Dewey Decimal System and how librarians cope with new fields of knowledge.

Lost in Translation?

How hard can it be to work in Japanese advertising, anyway? Very, when things get lost in translation.

Sinking person

Why do we say that we ‘feel up’ when we feel happy, but when we are sad we ‘feel down’? Metaphors we live by.