Maryam Tayebinik and Marlia Puteh (UTM): Txt Msg N English Language Literacy. Loot Pretorius (UFS): The Use of Official Languages Act: Diversity Affirmed? Last native speaker of the Livonian language died age 103. Asya Pereltsvaig on (Serbo-)Croatian: A tale of two languages — or three, or four? EU prepares to adopt Croatian its 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise. “Professor, you're dividing my nation”: In Iraqi Kurdistan, tongues are tied by politics. Baktun, the world’s first Maya language telenovela, is a great achievement for indigenous communities — finally, Mayans have the right to be entertained by the same kind of poorly-written, overacted, predictable melodramas the rest of us have absolutely adored for years. Why “bad” English isn’t: Peggy Kalb on how Yale’s grammar non-discrimination team wants you to let go of your prejudices. A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia. How are native English speakers handicapping themselves by not learning other languages? Cape Verde proposes that Galicia, Curacao and Macau join Community of Portuguese Language Countries. Did Neandertals have language? A recent study suggest that Neandertals shared speech and language with modern humans.

A new issue of Triple Canopy is out. Shane Chaddha (Manchester): Elinor Ostrom Goes to Outer Space: An Association of Space Appropriators. Brian J. Phillips (CIDE): How Does the Kingpin Strategy Affect Violence? The Case of Mexico. From The Economist, Amartya Sen responds to Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya: “I have resisted responding to Mr Bhagwati’s persistent, and unilateral, attacks in the past, but this outrageous distortion needs correction”. John Cassidy on why the GOP needs to lose the presidency for a third time. Reed Johnson on the mystery of the Voynich Manuscript. Dieneke Hubbeling reviews All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry’s Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders by AV Horwitz and JC Wakefield. Ezra Klein on how sexism clouds the Fed succession saga. The introduction to Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes by Ruthann Robson. Ignore the haters: Law school is totally worth the cash. Christian Right fights porn in the dorm. An interview with Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White, authors of If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic (and part 2). A revolution is taking place in how to visualise information: A review of Data Points: Visualisation That Means Something by Nathan Yau, Facts are Sacred by Simon Rogers, and The Infographic History of the World by James Ball and Valentina D’Efilippo.

Michel Rosenfeld (Cardozo): Recasting Secularism as One Conception of the Good among Many in a Post-Secular Constitutional Polity. John Fisher (Ballarat): Relating with God Contributes to Variance in Happiness, over that from Personality and Age. How social conservatives won: An excerpt from The Catholic Labyrinth: Power, Apathy, and a Passion for Reform in the American Church by Peter McDonough (and more on stereotypes and realities in Catholicism). One nation, without God: Atheism can’t and won’t replace religious rituals — but that’s not what most atheists want anyway. From Relevant, Eddie Becker on 8 things he wishes Jesus had never said. A right to believe: You are entitled to believe what you will, but your beliefs must be subject to criticism and scrutiny just like mine. Steve Jones's scientific retelling of the Bible in The Serpent's Promise is lively and amusing, but it is hard to tell what audience the book is intended for. Some theological sleight-of-hand with words: An excerpt from Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law. From the Socjournal, Timothy McGettigan on why God is irrelevant. Does End Time belief really cause climate change apathy? Robin Globus Veldman investigates. From Crisis, who is Bob McCarty, why should he be fired? Abraham Riesman on the curious religions of multiplayer video games.