Category: Language

Benedict Anderson and the Etymology of Bule

The great scholar Benedict Anderson‘s posthumous memoir, A Life Beyond Boundaries, is now available for purchase. It promises to be an exciting read by one of the most influential scholars of Asia of our time. I have not yet had the chance to read it, but already I have heard the stir caused by one […]

Singlish Linguistic Diversity Challenge

Several years ago I proposed what I called the Indonesian linguistic diversity challenge: create the shortest phrase with the most number of words from different languages, inspired by my visit to the Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Statistik (Portuguese-Malay-Arabic-Dutch). In a recent Language Log article on Singlish, though, I find a great parallel from Singapore. Nine words […]