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Language doesn’t decline in powerful communites

Few analysts in language, politics and sociology would query Noam Chomsky’s view that ‘questions of language are always questions of power’. Therefore language is inextricably bound with politics. This connection becomes considerably marked in the context of colonialism, where the subjugation of native cultures is both a means and an end to colonial invasion. Therefore, language decline never occurs in communities of power and privilege, but rather among the dispossessed and disempowered.

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School run dad

Here, Gridlock: I do a fairly short school run but then I go on and drive to work myself. I don’t drive the kids five minutes to school and then go home. The school is on my way to work, so I drop the children off first. What would you like me to do? Walk […]

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Knock it on the head

A quick note to taxi drivers (mostly private, but sometimes black): The Highway Code does not say that when you put your hazard lights on you can do whatever you like. Double-parking is not okay because your hazards are on; blocking narrow streets does not become acceptable because all your blinkers are on. Hazard lights […]

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Give it a go

To Desperate Dad: I’m not saying who’s right and who’s wrong in your particular circumstances, and I sympathise with you on not seeing your kids. But I bet a million dollars if your former partner was to text in her side of the story you wouldn’t come out of it quite so squeaky-clean and hard-done-by. There […]

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Get proactive

To Pointless: I wish Belfast City Council would just do their job. I guarantee you that a dedicated officer tasked with targeting dog dirt hotspots would earn his or her salary and a lot more on top by issuing spot penalties. He or she would only need to issue four or five fines a day […]

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Worse than useless

In response to Abandoned: Those people up at Stormont pay more for a suit than OAPs and young families have to spend on heat and power for an entire year. They get their food subsidised, they have free offices, free electricity, free heat. As long as they’re okay they don’t give a fig about what […]

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