March 24th, 2008

drawing restraint ?

Dear all,

I have seen a poster advertising the latest film featuring Bjork.
It is called Drawing Restraint 9. Just next to it was another poster, advertising an exhibition by Matthew Barney which is called Drawing Restraint. It has something to do with devil (at least it is published on the poster).

I was just wondering if there IS anything in the name?
What does it come from, WHO was drawing restraint and WHY, actually?
And what does it (drawing restraint) actually mean, because if one translates it into say Russian, the name looses its sence.

Thank you very much for help.
Süleyman

Lane's lexicon...

I just thought I'd let all of the Arabists on here, amateur and professional alike, that Edward William Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon (1863) is available for free on the Internet.

It is definitely the most extensive Arabic-English dictionary out there, but be warned that it is concerned primarily with Classical Arabic. Thus people doing extensive reading of the Qur'an, Hadith, Poetry and medieval texts will find it of great use. However, for those concerned with modern literature and media, it is out of date and a bit too cumbersome (stick with Hans Wehr).

Still it's a great resource and the probably the next best thing to لسان العرب.

x-posted to arabic
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Hate to beat a dead horse...

I'd like to know your experiences/opinions of formally studying (as in taking a course, preferably at a university/college level) 3+ languages. It would also help to know which specific languages and how long you have been studying them.

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Apologise for stupidity in advance

I'm studying Chinese as sort of a hobby (a Very Serious Hobby).

But here's my question (and I suppose it's obvious), but...

Can deaf Chinese people read lips? Now that I think about it, I've never actually seen a deaf Chinese person. I suppose they communicate in sign language. Right?
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The Pope's "urbi et orbi" message

This is a language-related news item which crops up each year, and which I find interesting. The Pope gave his Easter message for 2008 recently. To quote from one of the many online news items, Following the "urbi et orbi" message, the pope offered Easter greetings in 63 languages to the tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square and millions of viewers in 67 countries around the world.

I often wonder how the list is chosen. Yes, the first 20 or so must include the major languages, English, Russian, Japanese, etc. By the time you get to the 60th, it must be a hard choice to decide which are the most important remaining languages to finish off the list. I'm sure when they stopped at number 63, there would be many people who would say, but if you included THAT language why didn't you include THAT one?

Maybe it's not the 63 most important languages as far as the Vatican is concerned, but maybe they also look at WHICH COUNTRIES the message is broadcast live in?

What I'd love to be able to find is a list of which languages were used, and to see if they've added or dropped any over the years.

(Am I sad to find this interesting?)