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
Valpo's on Spring Break (two weeks!), so I've had extra time to do some lovely reading. Last week I read some short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri--the last three were intertwined in a way that I really loved, with characters crossing over; I read In the Pond by Ha Jin; and I read Love and Summer by William Trevor, one of my favorite authors of all time. My husband just got done reading Roderick Hudson out loud to me--that's an early one by Henry James--and starting tonight we'll be moving on to Robinson Crusoe. I'm currently on a few different German books--Irrungen Wirrungen by Theodor Fontane and the Joseph novel by Thomas Mann, which I've been working away on for a while.