There’s an article here which says that Cherif El-Shoubashy, first under-secretary for foreign cultural relations and president of the Cairo International Film Festival, has published a book called something like Long Live Arabic, Down With Sibawayh, Sibawayh being the Persian, Basra-trained linguist who, in al-Kitab, provided Arabic grammar with its tablets of stone. That was back in the eighth century, and El-Shoubashy’s point is that since the written language has changed considerably since then, since first millennium grammar is offputting to students, and since 81% of Muslims don’t speak Arabic anyway, it would be rational to contemplate reform.
The Islamists are unchuffed.
- Mobile phone training
Provided by the Junta de Andalucía in collaboration with Vodafone. Don’t forget your glasses, and enjoy the raffle, presumably to be
I think it’s generally agreed that Panayotis Soldatos gets the credit for the first use of the term paradiplomacy, way back
- Abycine, pretty good really
The static parts of the site for the excellent Albacete International Film Festival are all OK, and the bits for 2010
- Fines for “incorrect” language use
As we go into recession the governments of two mini-“nations”, one with a state, the other with considerable autonomy, both worse
- Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water
Apparently I’ve been signed up for the local chess tournament for the next few Saturdays, otherwise this is where I’d really