Many thinkers have proposed that language is what makes us unique, what makes us human. We come equipped with a very powerful, instinctual language module in our brains, a universal grammar. Nevertheless, there are thousands of languages in the world and it's fascinating to think about how they all came to be, how languages evolve, and what makes some endure and spread and some disappear.
This is a place to discuss everything that has to do with language, any language, dead or alive. Topics can include the origin of language, linguistics, history of languages, words that we love, world literature, and even neuroscience or evolutionary studies if they have to do specifically with language.
As the title implies, this is a thread to add the new words you come across from time to time, or words that you had to look up, or words you found intersting and wanted to share. I'll start with…Continue
From the Grammarphobia blog.Q: In a recent radio appearance, you said the idea that “he” can refer to any human being – man or woman – was introduced in the 18th century by a female grammarian. I…Continue
Another interesting book to add to the list. -- DallasA Man of Many WordsFor more than 150 years, writers of all stripes have relied on Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrasesas an elegant,…Continue