FT Magazine 1 March 2019
On identity, documents and reclaiming my Polish
never too late? languages and later life
i Newspaper 28 February 2019
Languages, science and the brain.
'excuse me, we speak english in this country'
feature, Big Issue 22 February 2019
Why some people object to hearing foreign languages in
public, and what to do about it.
why multilingualism matters
18 February 2019
A little of a language can take you a long way.
artificial translation and the future of languages
Observer 17 February 2019
busuu 11 April 2019
The better artificial translation gets, the more
people will appreciate the value of knowing
four words for friend: why using More than one
language matters now more than ever
book has now been published in the UK, by Yale
It's now out
in the US too.
why we need a europe of communities
20 June 2018
piece about how to be European.
CONVERSATIONS WITH EUROPE
28 August 2017
In which I talk about what's behind my current writing
'I've committed myself to doing what I can for
openness, inclusion and diversity in the face of the
threats that these now face. That is a worldwide
struggle, but its European theatre is the one I'm most
aware of, and feel most deeply about.'
WHEN POLITICS FILLS THE LANGUAGE GAP, CAN SCIENCE
New Scientist 2 November 2016
Language is human; language is political. That's a
challenge for scientists such as the ones who argue
that bilingualism is good for the brain.
choosing europe, choosing hope
This is a text written from the heart about how
to vote Remain with your heart, not just your
head, in Britain's referendum on whether to remain
in the European Union.
facts and values
Book review: Race Rerun
Trends in Ecology and Evolution November 2015
Writing this book review provided an interesting
opportunity to reflect upon writing about race and
science twenty years after my book The Race Gallery
came out. New claims, new critiques; same angst
about what must and must not be said.
the near abroad
Latvia has a lot to tell the rest of Europe, and the
wider world, about language choices, politics and
history. I went there in 2015, and tell the story in
my forthcoming book Four Words for Friend.
Some of the images I brought back feature in this
lingo, my train'. The free movement of languages and
Territoriality conference 26 May 2015 (YouTube
On May 9, Russians commemorate Victory Day in the
Great Patriotic War - the Soviet World War 2. For
Latvia's Russian speakers, it is an affirmation of
national and family history. For ethnic Latvians, it
is a glorification of the army that occupied their
Singers from a folk choir take refreshment at a replica
field kitchen. Period uniforms, as worn by the men
behind the jeep, are popular - especially with young
In the 'Immortals March', people carry images of family
members who served during the war.
The centre of the Riga commemorations is the Victory
Monument in Victory Park.