Review by Joshua Isard
A preeminent linguist examines realms of language considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power—and why we love them.
Column by Leah Dearborn May 19, 2015
At its heart, the Linguistic Turn is an attempt to make a map of human thought through language. How far beyond the horizon can our words travel? How finite is thought?
Column by Ed Sikov November 28, 2013
In this season of giving thanks, one man expresses gratitude for a few of his favorite words.
News by Dean Fetzer
Comic artist and psychologist Neil Cohn’s new book explores the connections that graphic stories have in the human brain and reveals they have a language we intuitively understand.
Column by Kimberly Turner July 29, 2013
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?
Column by Kimberly Turner February 28, 2013
Is Twitter's inescapable deluge of 140-character blurbs massacring English as we know it or pushing us to write tighter, more concise copy?
Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 23, 2012
Does the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.
Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
News by Kimberly Turner June 1, 2012
A study from Dartmouth mathematicians claims classic literature has less influence than ever before, but is it true?