The other day at lunch, a colleague in the Political Science department told me about this article on the BBC website. It’s a fascinating look at how languages change over time. (It was only after the 6th or 7th century A.D. that German and English acquired separate identities; Indo-European is their common ancestor.)
What I’m Reading Now
My husband is currently reading aloud to me The Brothers Karamazov in English translation--I've not read it before. And I'm working on both Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Thomas Mann's Joseph und seine Brüder. For the third-semester class I'm teaching, I'm re-reading Ben liebt Anna by Peter Härtling, and for the upper-level class I'm teaching, I'm re-reading Brecht's play Der kaukasische Kreidekreis. All good stuff!