Barry Blake is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at La Trobe University, and his books include Playing with Words, All About Language, and this May’s Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols. In the following piece he reveals the mysterious significance of the name in societies past.
In honor of Mother’s Day we are taking a closer look at grandmothers. In the post below is an excerpt from Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health.
An excerpt from The Seven Pillars of Creation.
An excerpt from Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America.
What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?
Douglas P. Fry looks at the North Korea nuclear crisis in a new light.
In Notebooks from New Guinea, author Vojtech Novotny colorfully illuminates life in the rainforest. Novotny provides an engaging look into the natural history, people, and cultures of one of the last wild frontiers in the world, as he studies and researches the local biodiversity. Today Novotny has provided a visual component to his fascinating anecdotes and experiences.
Can an ancient disease be linked to cannibalism?
Vojtech Novotny, author of Notebooks from New Guinea, writes about a medical emergency in the village where he was researching.
A look into the research and work of Czech author and scientist, Vojtech Novotny in New Guinea.
Anatoly celebrates a word pioneer.
Adrienne L. Kaeppler, author of The Pacfic Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia, tells us a little about traditional Polynesian tattooing
An interview with Ethan Rarick author of Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West.
Aaron Filler looks at what makes humans- “human.”
Feast on the connection between food and sex.
Douglad P. Fry, author of Beyond War, writes an original piece for the OUPblog.