Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

07 December 2019 | By Gretchen McCulloch | Filed in: linguistics.

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language Language is humanity s most spectacular open source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in interesting ways than ever before Internet conversations are structured by

Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

07 December 2019 | By Gaston Dorren | Filed in: linguistics.

Welcome to Europe as you ve never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing tour of the continent, from Proto Indo European the common ancestor of most European languages to the

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

07 December 2019 | By Cecelia Watson | Filed in: linguistics.

A page turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world s most polarizing punctuation markThe semicolon Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it But why When is it effective Have we been misusing it Should

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

07 December 2019 | 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

P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

07 December 2019 | 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 This whimsical,

In Other Words

07 December 2019 | By Jhumpa Lahiri | Filed in: linguistics.

From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut In 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,

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

07 December 2019 | By Noam Chomsky | Filed in: linguistics.

Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator of our time In these lectures, he presents a lifetime of philosophical reflection

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

07 December 2019 | By Emma Byrne | Filed in: linguistics.

In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you She explores every angle of swearing why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific

Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

07 December 2019 | By Josh Katz | Filed in: linguistics.

From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up In December 2013, Josh Katz

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

07 December 2019 | 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 Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

07 December 2019 | By Steven Pinker | Filed in: linguistics.

The classic book on the development of human language by the world s leading expert on language and the mind In this classic, the world s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the

Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

07 December 2019 | By Guy Deutscher | Filed in: linguistics.

A masterpiece of linguistics scholarship, at once erudite and entertaining, confronts the thorny question of how and whether culture shapes language and language, culture Linguistics has long shied away from claiming any link between a language and the culture of its speakers too much simplistic

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

07 December 2019 | By Steven Pinker | Filed in: linguistics.

New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas His previous books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate, have catapulted him into

The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language

07 December 2019 | By John McWhorter | Filed in: linguistics.

There are approximately six thousand languages on Earth today, each a descendant of the tongue first spoken by Homo sapiens some 150,000 years ago While laying out how languages mix and mutate over time, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the variety within the species that speaks