Confusion over punctuation led to a potentially vital piece of evidence in the Stephen Lawrence murder case being overlooked for 21 years, a senior investigator has revealed.
Chris Le Pere, the man now leading a fresh investigation into the 1993 killing, said the error led to a bag strap that may have been used as a home-made weapon being wrongly recorded as discovered almost 100 yards away from where Stephen was targeted by racist thugs.
Some people are literal minded – they think in black and white whereas others colour their worlds with metaphor. A new paper published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports on the first standardised measure of this difference, and it shows that having a proclivity for metaphors has real consequences, affecting how people respond to the world around them and even how they interact with others.
A summary of the paper in non-technical language can be found in The BPS Digest (from which this quote is taken).
This year’s MacDonald Lecture will be held on Friday 10 April, from 15:00 in the Heymanszaal of the Academiegebouw. Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer will talk on ‘Standard Deviation and English as a Lingua Franca’. Students may recognise the speaker’s name from syllabus recommended reading lists.
31 per cent of scholars think international students’ English skills are not up to scratch
Geoffrey Galt Harpham on a timely reminder of the common root of modern human sciences.
A review of a recent book on metaphor prompts some thought about a topic that is very familiar and yet far from exhausted.
Warning: your tutor may not agree with all of these.
Researchers at the University of Ghent have produced lists of words more likely to be known either by women or men.
Perhaps the most famous invocation of Sapir-Whorf is the claim that because Eskimos have dozens of words for snow, they have a mental apparatus that equips them differently—and, one assumes, better—than, say, Arabs, to perceive snow.
from ‘A dozen words for “misunderstood”‘, a review of The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language