A fascinating look at how English is mutating as it becomes the world's lingua franca.
Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge.
How a new App could help you learn a language in a day.
Naming things can change the way we perceive them.
Linguists now estimate that half of the more than 6,000 languages currently spoken in the world will become extinct by the end of this century.
George Orwell's analysis of the political and economic causes of "the decline of language."
An amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.
It's the number-one lender of words to other languages—but not everyone wants to borrow them.
Once I noticed the effects of the Internet on language use around me once, I noticed it all the time.
What is it? How do you even pronounce it?
The subconscious patterns that emerge from the way people use language.
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."
In one of his finest essays, DFW reviews a dictionary of English usage, tackling everything from democracy and free will to racism in academia along the way.
On bogus linguistic controversies.
A guided tour through the strange world of the lexicographer.
For the first time in history, scholars are witnessing the birth of a language, a complex sign system being created by deaf children in Nicaragua.
Surrounded by hearing people all the time, my only option has been to adapt, and lipreading is the skill that I have practiced most.
Why some deaf activists resist being integrated into the hearing world, preferring to use sign language
Books on Language
A lucid primer on the fascinating science of linguistics which accessibly explains the complex origins and psychology of language
A comprehensive history of the world's lingua franca, in all its forms.
Websites on Language
Essays about Words and Writing
The online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.
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