Category: History

An Unexpected Pidgin Pair

If you could imagine the most unlikely pairing of languages to combine and create a pidgin dialect, what would it be? How about, say, Icelandic and Basque? Continue reading

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East Berlin: Walled Up in Your Own Home

The rapid construction of the Berlin Wall on 13 August 1961 (fifty years ago this month) ended freedom of movement for thousands of citizens of Soviet-controlled East Berlin to other sections of the city. But nowhere would the restriction have been felt more acutely than for one group of people suddenly and irreversibly denied the right to walk out of their own front door. Continue reading

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