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Alaska Native Education: More Than Kidʼs Stuff

Lance A. Twitchell | Posted 08.03.2012 | College
Lance A. Twitchell

There is a trend in education to allow the existence of indigenous thought and narratives until more adult subjects take over the agenda after leaving elementary school.

How do you read "-3"?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.12.2012 | Science
Dr. Keith Devlin

How do you say "-3": "negative three" or "minus three"? It sounds like a simple enough question. But a recent group discussion on LinkedIn generated over 60 contributions when I last checked. People seem to have very clear preferences as to what is "right."

WATCH: Germans Can't Say 'Squirrel,' And Linguists Say Why

Posted 03.09.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 03/08/2012 12:38 PM EST on Lifes Little Mysteries "Squrrrrr … skraaaawl … squirruh … SQUOOW!" ...

How 'Girl Talk' Like, Changes The Way We All Speak

The Huffington Post | Marissa Piazzola | Posted 03.08.2012 | Teen

When Beyonce said that girls "run the world," she may not have been referring to the way young women influence language, but she would've been right i...

Your Daughter's Annoying Habits Are Changing The World

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I'm the parent who stopped with the baby talk when my boys were technically still babies, who counted the superfluous use of "like" in their sentences, and who made them repeat any statement they'd contorted into a question. Linguists say I was fighting evolution.

Celebrating Language Warriors

K. David Harrison | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
K. David Harrison

Pressed by a tide of globalization, and a barrage of negative messages telling them their cultures and ways of thinking are outmoded, a global cohort of language warriors are pushing back.

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...

Word Play: The Language Wars

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Fern Siegel

Arguing about proper English usage has been going on for centuries. According to Henry Hitchings in The Language Wars, verbal mistakes -- and disputes -- are legion, from Shakespeare's time to our own.

Is There #Sh*tGuysSay?

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Women

Thanks to the ShitGirlsSay Twitter account and the viral video based on it, many people in the last couple of days have had a good laugh -- and in som...

Book Review: Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little

George Mocharko | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
George Mocharko

Through status updates, instant messages, and "tweets," we have all had to adopted new ways of getting the word out as briefly and as memorable as possible.

Bible's Different Authors Revealed By New Language Software

AP | By MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote t...

Flights Of Futuristic Fantasy: Jeff Eisenberg's Biomorphic Art

Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts

Jeff Eisenbergcreates almost Rorschach-like images that hover somewhere between structural vector flights of futuristic fancy and strange biomorphic o...

Who Will Spell 'Winner' In This Year's Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals?

Posted 08.02.2011 | Education

Get out those dictionaries and keep up with the finalists of the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee, who will compete Thursday night. Out of 275 you...

WATCH: Trailer For Documentary Devoted To The New York Accent

Posted 07.06.2011 | Arts

With Manhattan property getting more and more expensive and funneling old families to the outer boroughs, New York City is losing its accents. "If The...

Origin Of Human Language Revealed

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 06.15.2011 | World

Human language arose in southern Africa, a new study in Science magazine claims. Language then spread across the globe through human migration. The...

On Words: 'Global Warming' Meets Astrology

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with Friday a little, light, linguistics lesson. Breaking from TheGreenGrok formula of sharp, cutting-edge pieces...

Time to Take a Hard Look at U.S. Linguistic Preparedness

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nataly Kelly

More than nine years have passed since the attacks of September 11th. Thousands of hours and pages of terrorism-related information remain untranslated. Yet, a soldier's ability to communicate on the ground is as vital to her or his safety as a bulletproof vest.

Language and Being American in the World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

It is not unusual for US interpreters in Afghanistan to be ignorant of the languages they claimed to be fluent in. Faking understanding of a foreign language is a common vanity.

What's Not a Political Act?

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

When is it not a political act to honor victims of dirty wars, in Latin America or anywhere else? "Political" strikes me as one of the most ill-used words in American conversation.


The Independent | Joy Lo Dico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Language is forever changing -- and forms such as tweets and text messages are no less valid than any textbook version, says the linguist David Crysta...

Bi-Partisanship; or, the Fine Art of Spear Throwing

Mark Axelrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

Bi-partisan. Can't listen to a political talk show these days, either from the "left" or the "right" without someone using the word once, twice, even multiple times.

Avatar and the Vocabulary of Evildoers -- Or, Why James Cameron's Script Isn't as Bad as You Think

Josh Schrei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Josh Schrei

The sad truth is that the history of the colonization and destruction of indigenous peoples brings with it a panoply of one-liners and inhumane vernacular that would make even Cameron cringe.

Authors' Unique Words Provide "Linguistic Fingerprint"

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Analyses of classic authors' works provide a way to "linguistically fingerprint" them, researchers say. The relationship between the number of words ...

Come to the Kitchina!

Juliet Linley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juliet Linley

Around the age of two, our daughter started amusing us with a variety of linguistic amalgamations. She also started treating us as walking dictionaries, to fulfill her seemingly insatiable desire to learn how to say every single item she came across in both English and Italian.

Cutting to the Chase

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Lakoff

It seems obvious that people create shortened forms to save time. And yet, most often, we don't save that much time and may run the risk of endangering intelligibility.