Lingua Franker

A blog about language.

Bard abroad: How Shakespeare works in translation. — October 24, 2015

Bard abroad: How Shakespeare works in translation.

Britain’s most famous plays have been translated into Maori, sign language, even Klingon. But can Shakespeare’s bawdy jokes and tragic plotlines really transcend language? Continue reading

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Gaelic force: Brian Friel and the Irish language. — October 12, 2015
Cold War echoes: Coping with Russia’s media clampdown. — October 2, 2015

Cold War echoes: Coping with Russia’s media clampdown.

Echo Moskvy editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov is head of one of the few Russian media outlets that can give an independent point of view. He is both friend and foe to Vladimir Putin; constantly falling out of favour with the president as he, and his contributors, face harassment for their less-than-flattering critiques of Kremlin policy.

So how did it come to be that a man who simply vents his spleen on the airwaves, and in public, now has to be accompanied by bodyguards? Mr Venediktov came to London to explain why to the Chatham House think tank.

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