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John McWhorter
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Grammarly Chief Linguist John McWhorter is an expert on the topic of conlang, and understands how grammar is essential in making fictional languages function like existing language that has evolved over time.

He is a Professor of Linguistics, Western Civilization and American Studies at Columbia University, Contributing Editor at The New Republic and columnist for the New York Daily News. His latest books include What Language Is and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English. He has recorded three audiovisual sets on language for The Teaching Company and produces an occasional musical theater cabaret show, New Faces, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: How to Speak Elvish Conlang

(38) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:44 AM

This week, "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" aims at taking viewers on a powerful journey in the final installment of the three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. With a production budget for the trilogy of over $750 million, film creators are guaranteed to bring Tolkien's magnificent...

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Back to the Future

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Sugata Mitra's inspiration offers promise in returning learning to what humans are programmed for.

And that is not what we today think of as "school." The...

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