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JOURNAL: Are journals as part of the literary public at risk of being erased? The probing criticism, the one that dares to be independent literature, dares to be self-referential, introspective and self-implicating.

Politically correct decolonization ideology?

MODERNIZATION: The Nigerian professor Olùfèmi Táíwò looks at power relations between the formerly colonized and colonialists. All states strive to adapt modern institutions to their own history, cultural context and ideological climate. But can the demand to decolonize the language become absurd?

Linguistic dishes

LANGUAGE AND GENDER: Kübra Gümüşay does a slightly different language dish in Sprache und Sein, where she advocates a new way of perceiving language.

"The Sami language is drowning"

SAMI: It is not only the Bergen International Literature Festival that is celebrated on 6 February. The day is also the Sami national day: sámi álbmotbeaivi. "Social structures make the Sami language drown", says author Sigbjørn Skåden, who participates in LitFestBergen

Dead and living metaphors

LANGUAGE DEBATE: How can the metaphor be tested against factual knowledge?

The crimes of others

Only two percent of Zambia's population speak English, but it is still the official language of instruction in the school. Colors of the Alphabet explores how this practice makes people silent.

Were we unimaginative and pretentious?

All the short stories remind me, in their own ways, that we should all die. Holtet Larsen's language is a cultivated language, an advanced language, is a language for the sake of language.