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It’s Finally Time To Stop Correcting People’s Grammar, Linguist Says

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.01.2016 | Arts

True rage -- the kind that results in personal jabs and expletive spews -- seems only to arise from a handful of topics. Most are maddening because th...

Remembrance: The Death in Exile of Cuban Patriot Jorge Valls

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 10.29.2015 | Miami
Barbara E. Joe

On October 22, the death of my close friend Jorge Valls affected me deeply, reawakening a pain always close to my consciousness after the sudden death of my oldest son years ago. Even though Jorge was 82, his demise was unexpected. We talked by phone only recently.

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

How Your Native Language Shapes Your Health and Spending Habits

Annabelle Buggle | Posted 11.12.2013 | Weird News
Annabelle Buggle

Yet just as we must learn a language, it seems the language itself may train us: to focus on one area of life and disregard another, to acquire and practice a new skill while putting others on the back burner, to prioritize the present or prepare for our future.

Native Tongue: Speaking With a Caribbean Accent

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 04.06.2013 | Media
Arlene M. Roberts

As a Caribbean islander transplanted in New York, I am often perplexed by the response even the slightest lilt can elicit, from curiosity to downright imitation. But is imitation always the highest form of flattery? The recent Super Bowl ad by Volkswagen seems to have reignited the discussion.

English As She Is Spoke

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.22.2012 | Home
American Anthropological Association

Social and cultural equality is out of our reach not because we are unable or unwilling to acknowledge and accept difference, but because we haven't yet been successful at eliminating difference.

Native Americans Fight To Prevent Languages' 'Extinction'

Posted 02.18.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/17/2012 06:56 PM EST on LiveScience VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Many of the wor...

Exclusive Interview With Geoffrey Nunberg, On The Years Of Talking Dangerously

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Epithets like "socialist" and "fascist" enable people on the right to bond with each other and -- though they may not acknowledge it -- to alienate everybody else.

Why the Right's Messaging is Working

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Why is the young brilliant upstart Obama only ahead by single digits. At least part of the reason is this: John McCain knows how to control his message.

Do Americans Think - Or Just Act?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

What I'm really saying is Americans are unconscious. You can see it in the verbs. This isn't a value judgment, I am just intrigued by what gets in and...