Robert Macfarlane on the enchanted childhood words technology has disrupted

In 2015, a published version of the first chapter in Robert Macfarlane's last book, Landmarks, went viral. In it, the nature writer and academic talked about the deep, historic connections between language and landscape and mourned the loss of certain everyday words from the 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Acorn, bluebell, conker: all [...]

By |2017-10-06T21:39:19+00:00October 7th, 2017|Language, Nature, Robert Macfarlane, Words|0 Comments

What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery

On December 20, 1792, the whaling ship Asia was making its way through the Desolation Islands, in the Indian Ocean, when the crew decided to stop for lunch. According to the log keeper, the meal was a great success: “At 1 PM Sent our Boat on Shore After Some refreshments,” he wrote. “She returned with [...]

By |2016-11-14T12:44:42+00:00November 14th, 2016|History, Language, Linguistics, Nature, Words|0 Comments

People and nature blur in the world’s indigenous languages

Sharing experiences about the role of indigenous and local knowledge in restoring interrelations between people and nature was the focus of a Conservation Campus organised by IUCN’s People in Nature (PiN) initiative during the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, in collaboration with the Hawaiian non-profit organisation Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA). The event brought [...]

By |2016-11-09T23:48:12+00:00November 10th, 2016|Indigenous languages, Language, Nature|0 Comments