​Izzit? – The murky world of the unknown laws of language

Every day, English speakers follow laws of language we didn't know are there. Now the author of a book on the subject tells us how it works.


Heads & tails: ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ in South African English

The words ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ are used in a variety of ways in South African English. Occurring mostly in compound forms – such as chiskop, malkop, loskop, and tikkop; and gatvol, hardegat, kaalgat, and windgat – they have shown great durability and flexibility in constructing new meanings.

Izzit? – February is language month: diarise the 21st

South Africa celebrates "Language Month" in February. Various events lead up to Unesco's International Mother Tongue Day on the 21st.

Izzit? – ‘Monolingual ghettos’ make for dire science

Scholars and their publishers should make more of an effort to ensure that their work is available in other languages

​Izzit? – Elvish, Dothraki, or Esperanto?

Can the imaginary languages Elvish, Dothraki - or even Klingon - be said to have had more of an impact on society than the artificial language Esperanto?

​Izzit? – New Google Translate system enables ‘zero-shot’ translation

Google Translate's new system can translate between languages without previous examples to work from

South Africa’s culture of umrabulo

Umrabulo refers to political discussion and debate, dating from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It may be undergoing something of a revival