Language…humankind’s most impressive technological invention

Humans have invented technologies to survive better. Language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself. Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago Humans have speculated about the emergence of language and linguistic diversity since [...]

By |2016-10-14T05:27:48-04:00September 16|Categories: SOCIETIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Euphemise this

Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire? Excerpt from an Aeon essay by John McWhorter, professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University. His latest [...]

By |2016-10-14T05:28:16-04:00July 28|Categories: SOCIAL CURRENTS|Tags: , , |
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