Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

20 November 2019 | By Cecelia Watson | Filed in: linguistics.

A page turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world s most polarizing punctuation markThe semicolon Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it But why When is it effective Have we been misusing it Should

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

20 November 2019 | By Amanda Montell | Filed in: linguistics.

The word bitch conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn t refer to gender at all it originated as a gender neutral word meaning genitalia A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a fema

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

20 November 2019 | By Benjamin Dreyer | Filed in: linguistics.

A witty, informative guide to writing good English from Random House s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter s leading enforcers of proper grammar a twenty first century Elements of Style As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hund

In Other Words

20 November 2019 | By Jhumpa Lahiri | Filed in: linguistics.

From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut In Other Words is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession that of a writer for another language For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, whic

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

20 November 2019 | By Maryanne Wolf | Filed in: linguistics.

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies A decade ago,

La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco

20 November 2019 | By Andrea Marcolongo | Filed in: linguistics.

Lo sappiamo tutti la prima reazione davanti a un testo in greco antico spazia dalla paralisi al terrore puro Ho scelto nove ragioni per amare e per raccontare ci che il greco sa dire in modo unico, speciale, diverso da ogni altra lingua e s , per spazzar via ogni paura trasformandola forse in p

Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

20 November 2019 | By James Hynes | Filed in: linguistics.

Whether you re huddled around the campfire, composing an email to a friend, or sitting down to write a novel, storytelling is fundamental to human nature But as any writer can tell you, the blank page can be daunting It s tough to know where to get started, what details to include in each scene, a

Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

20 November 2019 | By Gaston Dorren | Filed in: linguistics.

Welcome to Europe as you ve never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing tour of the continent, from Proto Indo European the common ancestor of most European languages to the

On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing

20 November 2019 | By Katherine Dunn | Filed in: linguistics.

F uck the Fuckity Fuckin Fucker Readers of Katherine Dunn won t be surprised that this was her father s favorite sentence, or that, as a young girl, she heard it as a kind of profane poem, a secret song For many of us, the language of Geek Love carries a similar staying power, born of Dunn s agil