Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

04 June 2020 | By Benjamin Dreyer | Filed in: linguistics.

n A witty, informative guide to writing good English from Random House s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter s leading enforcers of proper grammar a twenty first century n n Elements of Style n n n n nAs authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has le

In Other Words

04 June 2020 | By Jhumpa Lahiri | Filed in: linguistics.

From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut n nIn Other Words is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession that of a writer for another language For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, whi

The Seventh Function of Language

04 June 2020 | By Laurent Binet | Filed in: linguistics.

Paris, 1980 The literary critic Roland Barthes dies struck by a laundry van after lunch with the presidential candidate Fran ois Mitterand The world of letters mourns a tragic accident But what if it wasn t an accident at all What if Barthes was murdered

P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

04 June 2020 | By Raj Haldar | Filed in: linguistics.

Let s get real the English language is bizarre A might be for apple, but it s also for aisle and aeons Why does the word gnat start with a G but the word knot doesn t start with an N It doesn t always make sense, but don t let these rule breaking silent letters defeat you n nThis whimsical, fu

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

04 June 2020 | By Maryanne Wolf | Filed in: linguistics.

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies n nA decade ago,

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

04 June 2020 | By Amanda Montell | Filed in: linguistics.

The word bitch conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn t refer to gender at all it originated as a gender neutral word meaning genitalia A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a fema

Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World

04 June 2020 | By Yee-Lum Mak | Filed in: linguistics.

Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first Other Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

04 June 2020 | By Dana Suskind | Filed in: linguistics.

The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important and astoundingly simple thing you can do for your child s future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

04 June 2020 | By Gaston Dorren | Filed in: linguistics.

English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn t speak it only one in five people does Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world s 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than twenty languages He sets out to explore the

Taal voor de leuk

04 June 2020 | By Paulien Cornelisse | Filed in: linguistics.

Paulien Cornelisse is een groot liefhebber van de Nederlandse taal Je ergeren Dat doe je maar in je vrije tijd, zegt Paulien, om vervolgens als een detective op zoek te gaan naar taalvernieuwingen, miscommunicaties en bizarre gesprekswendingen In Taal voor de leuk, haar derde taalboek, deelt ze

Have You Eaten Grandma?

04 June 2020 | By Gyles Brandreth | Filed in: linguistics.

It can be much harder than it seems commas, colons, semi colons, and even apostrophes can drive us all mad at times, but it riles no one than the longest serving resident of Countdown s Dictionary Corner, grammar guru Gyles Brandreth n nIn this brilliantly funny tirade on grammar, Brandreth ana