Volume 1 (1925–1955)      Volume 2 (1956–1985)      Volume 3 (1986–2016)     Anthology Overview


The Best of Language is a three-volume compilation of the best articles published in the Language, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America. Language has been published continuously since 1925, and in that long history there are a number of influential, controversial, or otherwise interesting articles. Volume 3 contains a select number of articles published from 1986–2016. 


Nichols, Johanna. 1986. Head-marking and dependent-marking grammar. Lg. 62:56- 119.

Fillmore, Charles J.; Paul Kay; and Mary Catherine O’Connor. 1988. Regularity and idiomaticity in grammatical constructions: the case of ‘let alone’. Lg. 64:501-538.

Dowty, David. 1991. Thematic proto-roles and argument selection. Lg. 67:547-619.

Birdsong, David. 1992. Ultimate attainment in second language acquisition. Lg. 68:706-755.

Hale, Ken; Michael Krauss; Lucille J. Watahomigie; Akira Y. Yamamoto; Colette Craig; LaVerne Masayesva Jeanne; and Nora C. England. 1992. Endangered languages. Lg. 68:1-42.

Ladefoged, Peter. 1992. Another view of endangered languages. Lg. 68:809-811.

Dorian, Nancy C. 1993. A response to Ladefoged’s other view of endangered languages. Lg. 69:575-579.

Gundel, Jeanette K.; Nancy Hedberg; and Ron Zacharski. 1993. Cognitive status and the form of referring expressions in discourse. Lg. 69:274-307.

Kingston, John, and Randy L. Diehl. 1994. Phonetic knowledge. Lg. 70:419-454.

Nunberg, Geoffrey; Ivan A. Sag; and Thomas Wasow. 1994. Idioms. Lg. 70:491-538.

Baker, C.L. 1995. Contrast, discourse prominence, and intensification, with special reference to locally free reflexives in English. Lg. 71:63-101.

Stromswold, Karin. 2001. The heritability of language: a review and metanaalysis of twin, adoption, and linkage studies. Lg. 90:2-57.

Nordlinger, Rachel, and Louisa Sadler. 2004. Nominal tense in crosslinguistic perspective. Lg. 80:776-806.

Nakhleh, Luay, Don Ringe, and Tandy Warnow. 2005. Perfect phylogenetic networks: a new methodology for reconstructing the evolutionary history of natural languages. Lg. 81:382-420.

Beddor, Patrice. 2009. A coarticulatory path to sound change. Lg. 71:63-101.

Jackendoff, Ray. 2011. What is the human language faculty? Two views. Lg. 87:586- 624.

Sprouse, Jon. 2011. A test of the cognitive assumption of magnitude estimation: commutativity does not hold for acceptability judgments. Lg. 87:274-288.

Weskott, Thomas, and Gisbert Fanselow. 2011. On the informativity of different measures of linguistic acceptability. Lg. 87:249-273.

Chang, Will, Chundra Cathcart, David Hall, and Andrew Garrett. 2015. Ancestry-constrained phylogenetic analysis supports the Indo-European steppe hypothesis. Lg. 91:194-244.

Rickford, John R., and Sharese King. 2016. Language and linguistics on trial: hearing Rachel Jeantel (and other vernacular speakers) in the courtroom and beyond. Lg. 92:948-988.