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Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press.

January 21st 2019 0

Teaching mathematics to physicists — can we do better?

It is interesting to reflect upon how physics – a science heavily dependent on the language of mathematics – trains its future generations in that discipline. The role of mathematics in physics has changed profoundly in the last few decades. Q…

January 17th 2019 0

How can the Second Amendment inform US gun regulation?

U.S. gun deaths hit a twenty year high in 2017, according to the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Last year, nearly 40,000 deaths resulted from firearms, most of them suicides. The rate of gun deaths now exceeds that of automobile fatalities, w…

January 16th 2019 0

Shakespeare as Fan Fiction

“Shipping” (from “relationship”) is a phenomenon within the wider culture of fan fiction that places characters (or the actors who play them) from a particular cultural world into a romantic relationship. Fan fiction derivative of …

January 16th 2019 0

Emotional Worlds: Beyond an Anthropology of Emotion

My inaugural, ghost-written speech to the Niha – learned rote and recited to massed tribesmen over a bloody carpet of pigmeat – ended with the resonant phrase, There is no resentment! It took me a further year of gruelling fieldwork in Nias to…

January 15th 2019 0

Human rights talk has obscured the devastating effects of counterterrorism

Since the dramatic events of September 11, 2001 which ushered in the “War on Terror”, there’s been a gradual change in how state officials, experts and international human rights advocates of various nationalities and political persuasio…

January 14th 2019 0

Campus Sexual Assault Shouldn’t be a Partisan Issue

In November 2018, the Department of Education released new proposed Title IX regulations, replacing Obama era guidance on how educational institutions should handle allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Partisan reaction has been predictabl…

January 11th 2019 0

The Bird Box and Jim Crow

It was reported that at least 45 million people watched the 2018 Netflix movie “Bird Box” in its first week. I was one of them (spoiler alert). The film focuses on a dystopian society in which a woman (played by Sandra Bullock) attempts to tra…

January 11th 2019 0

Has the Left Killed Satire?

Writing a big book makes you wary of generalizations.  My new book, The Cambridge Introduction to Satire, discusses satire from Lysistrata to The Daily Show, and if there’s one thing I discovered in writing it, it’s that no matter what yo…

January 9th 2019 0

Accelerated Times? From The Romans in Britain (1980) to the Millennium Bug

‘Have you ever been in a car crash? Unfortunately, unlike the car crash, time will not slow down for us. If anything, we’re accelerating toward disaster’[1] It was the question of whether or not an erect penis was seen on stage that mark…

January 8th 2019 0

Is Brexit a ‘crusade’?

The political and economic agenda of the United Kingdom has been dominated for the last two years by the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. A few days after the referendum, in which 52% of voters voted to leave the European Union, the Islamic State org…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


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December 27th 2018 0

Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict, Redux

by Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina)   In February 2018, a visit to Corsica by French President Macron refocused media attention on the issue of Corsican nationalism, a century old movement that seeks Corsican separation from France in …

December 17th 2018 0

Call for Editor Proposals – Language in Society

Professor Jenny Cheshire is completing her tenure in December 2019 as Editor of Language in Society (LiS). Cambridge University Press is now inviting applications for the position of Editor. A team of two Co-Editors will also be considered. Fina…

November 29th 2018 0

English in the Movies by David Crystal

I hear pop songs in English in every country I visit. Just back from a lecture tour around Italy, and I heard them in taxis, in hotels playing background music, and in cars passing in the street with the radio on loud – in every city. Often, the lis…

October 19th 2018 0

Leading phonetician, Klaus J. Kohler, invites you to discuss Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction

Dear Reader of this Blog, Cambridge University Press has published the linguistic monograph Kohler, K. J. (2017). Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 156). Cambridge: Cambridge University Pr…

October 16th 2018 0

Figures of Speech Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Figures of Speech linguistics cartoon competition. Congratulations to Jonas B. Wittke (a graduate student at Rice University, USA) and Jonathan Maki (an art teacher in Minneapolis) for winning the iPad Pro, A…

July 19th 2018 0

What are the linguistic consequences of Brexit?

Blog post written by Gordana Lalic-Krstin and Nadezda Silaski, authors of the article ‘From Brexit to Bregret: An account of some Brexit-induced neologisms in English’ recently published in English Today. What are the linguistic consequen…

June 21st 2018 0

The grammar of engagement

This blog post is written by Nicholas Evans, inspired by the Language and Cognition article “The grammar of engagement I: framework and initial exemplification” by Nicholas Evans, Henrik Bergqvist, and Lila San Roque. Read it online …

June 15th 2018 0

Linguistics Competition: Figures of Speech

Win an iPad Pro, Apple Pen, £100 of Cambridge University Press books and the chance to have your work seen by thousands! We are inviting academics, researchers, students and enthusiasts, from around the world, to share their passion for the sub…

March 30th 2018 0

Q & A: Registered Reports from Journal of Child Language

Beginning in summer 2018, Journal of Child Language will publish a new article format: Registered Reports. We asked two of the journal’s associate editors, Melanie Soderstrom and Elizabeth Wonnacott, a few questions about the introduction of this fo…

March 28th 2018 0

Q & A with new English Today Editor Andrew Moody

Welcome on board as Editor of English Today. What was it about the journal that attracted you to the post? Thank you for the warm welcome from CUP, and to the support and assistance I have been given in the month leading up to the formal installation…

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

January 14th 2019 0

Announcing Newspack by — A New Publishing Solution for News Organizations

We're teaming up with Google, Lenfest, Civil funder ConsenSys, and Knight to develop a next-generation publishing platform.

January 8th 2019 115

Customize Your Dashboard

We’re happy to announce new improvements to your dashboard for a more accessible and customized experience. From your desktop, you can now customize your dashboard by choosing one of our two new color schemes, Classic Bright for a fres…

January 3rd 2019 32

Introducing the 2019 ‘Anything Is Possible’ List's inaugural New Year’s list celebrates the people and organizations who are using the web to make the world a better place.

December 19th 2018 47

New Theme: Twenty Nineteen

Meet Twenty Nineteen, the brand new WordPress default theme.

December 3rd 2018 13

Now Available in the Mobile Apps: Revision History

Track changes and edits from whatever device you're using.

November 28th 2018 26

Announcing Free .blog Subdomains

A great site deserves a great address on the web. Now you can use a free .blog subdomain on

November 26th 2018 6

WordPress Support Workshops for Women in the Asia-Pacific Region

We're offering free workshops to encourage women in the Asia-Pacific Region to apply for a career in WordPress Support.

November 20th 2018 22

Setting Up Your Site on a Mobile Device Just Got a Lot Easier

Need help with your new site? Quick Start on iOS and Android can help.

November 14th 2018 30

A New Way to Manage Your Pages on the WordPress Mobile Apps

An update to WordPress for iOS and Android.

November 6th 2018 17

Today is Election Day in the United States. Please Vote!

When you’re done casting a ballot, blog about it!

Cambridge Library Collection


Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading &r…

March 16th 2015 1

Spring and Port Wine

 … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Co…

March 10th 2015 2

The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published in 1855 by his daughter Saba (a name he invented himself), she &he…

March 5th 2015 0

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experim…

March 3rd 2015 5

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Hug…

February 27th 2015 3

The Diary of John Evelyn

One of my vital tools as a scribbler of blogs on books is a little pack of those things – I don’t even know what they are called – which you can stick on to a page to mark a … Continue reading →

February 23rd 2015 3

Illustrations of Roman London

Charles Roach Smith was born on the Isle of Wight in 1806, and reared by his mother and older sisters after his father’s death when he was six years old. He was educated in Hampshire, and then brought back to … Continue reading →

February 18th 2015 1


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue…

February 16th 2015 0

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Cont…

February 12th 2015 0

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of &he…

Journals Blog


Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

January 18th 2019 0

Promiscuous Presbyterians? Courtship, marriage and sexual activity in 18th and 19th century Ireland

This blog accompanies Leanne Calvert’s Irish Historical Studies open access article ‘‘He came to her bed pretending courtship’: sex, courtship and the making of marriage in Ulster, 1750–1844‘.…

January 17th 2019 0

Improving dairy herd health management programs

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Effects of a participatory approach, with systematic impact matrix analysis in herd health planning in organic dairy cattle herds‘ There is a strong focus on animal health and wel…

January 17th 2019 0

Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of WWI

The latest Paper of the Month from The Journal of Laryngology & Otology is ‘Hearing loss in the trenches – a hidden morbidity of World War I‘ by K Conroy and V Malik.…

January 14th 2019 0

Welcome to Cambridge Elements, a new concept in academic publishing

Today marks the official launch of Cambridge Elements! Cambridge Elements provide a completely new format for publishing scholarly material: succinct and significant, peer-reviewed research that combines the best features of books and journals.…

January 14th 2019 0

‘…the Parliament’s Favourite’: Helen Arthur and the Williamite confiscation

This blog accompanies Frances Nolan’s Irish Historical Studies article ‘‘The Cat’s Paw’: Helen Arthur, the act of resumption and The Popish pretenders to the forfeited estates in Ireland, 1700–03‘.…

January 11th 2019 0

Identifying conservation priorities for the Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx

A detailed IUCN Red List assessment placed the Balkan lynx (Lynx lynx balcanicus) just one step away from extinction.…

January 10th 2019 1

Using human head lice to unravel neglect and cause of death

Abandonment, neglect, sexual abuse, and even what triggers an individual’s death can be unwrapped by just studying the biology and reproductive behaviour of human lice.…

January 9th 2019 0

Making city infrastructure more resilient

The systems that help us heat and cool our homes, provide drinking water, take away our garbage, let us communicate instantly with one another and enable travel — collectively known as infrastructure — will need to be designed differently in t…

January 9th 2019 1

Rethinking Invasive Weed Control: Sometimes treating fewer plants can produce a greater impact

When battling invasive weeds, it’s easy to conclude that treating the largest masses first is the best strategy. But scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management say that isn’t always best.…

January 9th 2019 0

An Englishman’s Home is His Castle? Shakespeare’s Violent Homes

In Woody Allen’s Amazon Prime series, Crisis in Six Scenes, his character Sidney suffers a home invasion. Sidney complains: ‘This is my home, this is my castle, you’re going into the moat!’ Allen is drawing on an Elizabethan prover…

January 9th 2019 0

Is Entertainment News Really News?

Is entertainment news really news? How much notice should actors receive in the newspapers, and why? In London’s media in the mid-eighteenth century, questions about the value of celebrity news were as warmly contested as they are now.…

January 8th 2019 0

The Bureaucratization of Religion in Southeast Asia: Expanding or Restricting Religious Freedom?

Although the narrative of the secular state is pervasive, most countries in the world do regulate the religions in their jurisdictions in one way or another, and thus, public commitments notwithstanding, do not abide by a secular-separationist ideology.&h…

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