A 10-year-old Maths prodigy enrols on a degree course in the UK

Esther Okade, one of the UK's youngest university students, is studying for a maths degree with the Open University. She enrolled three weeks ago at the age of 10 and is already top of the class, scoring 100 per cent on a recent test. Esther, from Walsall, in the West Midlands, isn't the only member of her … Continue reading A 10-year-old Maths prodigy enrols on a degree course in the UK

Linguistics as a field of study and a career: An inspiration from William Labov

Many young people, especially those who have just started college or are getting ready for college, are sometimes worried about what to study that would help them to get the job of their dream. Often time, college students who find themselves studying linguistics or thinking about studying the course would like to know what prospects … Continue reading Linguistics as a field of study and a career: An inspiration from William Labov

Online Communication, Discourse and Context

3rd international Symposium: Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD-Z) University of Zurich, Switzerland | July 16th - 17th 2015 The Micro-Analysis of Online Data (MOOD) network is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who explore theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of computer-mediated communication (CMC). Although our broad focus is on the application and/or adaptation … Continue reading Online Communication, Discourse and Context

Linguistics as a window to understanding the brain

Language as a complex system of 'human' communication remains an indecipherable mystery for linguists and cognitive scientists. Professor Steven Pinker, a Cognitive Scientist at Harvard University, despite studying language for over thirty years, still feels there is far more for him to know about language than he already knows. In this video, he takes us through the amazing … Continue reading Linguistics as a window to understanding the brain

Lancaster Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics

We are pleased to announce the 10th Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching which will take place at Lancaster University on Monday, 13 July 2015. This one-day conference is designed to give linguistics postgraduates from various areas in linguistics and language teaching/assessment an opportunity to present and discuss their research in … Continue reading Lancaster Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics

The gallantry of Captain Sagir on Ekiti vote

The worst and most dangerous mistake a country could make is to politicise its defence system. Two or three things are apparent from my perception of Captain Sagir’s action, and this gallantry hopefully will become the whistle that sounds the victory of Nigeria in the hard-hitting game of nationhood. At first, blowing a whistle as … Continue reading The gallantry of Captain Sagir on Ekiti vote

A lesson to take home: An interview with Asari Dokubo

Given the experience Nigeria has gone through in the last six years of present administration, characterised by a high deterioration level of public service, law and order and security, I strongly doubt if President Good Luck’s capabilities are comparable to General Buhari’s. It is evident, leadership requires more than just an impractical humility to ox … Continue reading A lesson to take home: An interview with Asari Dokubo

Parallel challenges for the next Nigerian leadership

With the current global economic trend as a result of a paradigm shift in an oil market, the leaders, as well as the people who will champion the next pace of Nigeria will face parallel challenges of revenue and security. Suffice to say, this is the moment when Nigeria needs a strong, neutral and focused leadership that will … Continue reading Parallel challenges for the next Nigerian leadership

Nigeria and the reality of escalating insurgency

With the increase and nature of violent fatality in Nigeria at the moment, the only hope seems to be left for Nigerians is a tenacious prayer to the Almighty in addition to stopping a game of blame or pointing the finger at one another. We must accept it not only as a faith but also as … Continue reading Nigeria and the reality of escalating insurgency