This compendium of news items was featured on the LSA website in its previous incarnation. An archive of news items as of October 1, 2012 may be viewed in the News Room on the current site.


September 2012

Linguistics lab documents refugee languages

5 September 2012

A quantitative history of which-hunting

5 September 2012

A new Certificate in Iroquois Linguistics makes its debut at Syracuse University

4 September 2012

August 2012

Scholars cry foul over inclusion of 'NBA' in Chinese dictionary

30 August 2012

Read a report from the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, of which the LSA is a member

30 August 2012

Read a New Yorker piece on the importance of learning other languages

29 August 2012

In a Post-9/11 City, a Person's Language Can Be a Cause for Police Suspicion

28 August 2012

Indo-European Languages Originated in Anatolia, Analysis Suggests

24 August 2012

How the Northern Cities Shift Is Revolutionizing the English Language

22 August 2012

Estate-sale Cuneiform?

13 August 2012

A receding New England accent?

13 August 2012

NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction

10 August 2012

USA and Canada triumph at 2012 International Linguistics Olympiad

10 August 2012

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

9 August 2012

Read about recent language policy developments in South Africa

8 August 2012

Recent general-audience publications on endangered languages

7 August 2012

DUDE: Stanford Linguists Probe California Accent

7 August 2012

A survival skill in shrinking Japan: Learn English

7 August 2012

Siletz Language, With Few Voices, Finds Modern Way to Survive

6 August 2012

Recent "English Only" activities in the U.S. Congress

3 August 2012

NTU's pioneer batch from linguistics and multilingual studies graduate

2 August 2012

July 2012

US Military's Language School Draws Positive Attention

27 July 2012

Policy shift riles English advocates: Health insurance board switches from bilingual to 'en français' at service centre

26 July 2012

One of Montreal's linguistic divides is generational

25 July 2012

Podcast: Jack Hitt on Language Detectives

18 July 2012

Meanwhile in Scotland

18 July 2012

Solving Crimes with Linguistics

16 July 2012

Aggregating Twitter data to answer the age-old question: soda or pop?

9 July 2012

A Voice of New York's Streets, Saying That It's Safe to Wawk

6 July 2012

Listen to a Vermont Public Radio story on northern New England speech patterns

5 July 2012

‘Wall Street Journal’ Pushes Grammar Panic

3 July 2012

June 2012

Google partners with UH Mānoa linguists on endangered languages

21 June 2012

What Is a Noun?

20 June 2012

Language Newly Revealed to be Indo-European

19 June 2012

"Versus" as a verb?

19 June 2012

Read about an emerging New Zealand urban dialect

18 June 2012

With Casino Revenues, Tribes Push to Preserve Languages, and Cultures

18 June 2012

Vanishing Languages (National Geographic)

15 June 2012

Linguistics graduate student strives to preserve fading languages through her work at UCLA

15 June 2012

Adam's Ling: An Educated Analysis of Sandler Speak

14 June 2012

Language Researchers at University of Connecticut Awarded $3M IGERT Grant

13 June 2012

Stop, revive and survive

5 June 2012

To Learn Arabic, You Have to Walk the Walk

1 June 2012

May 2012

UCSB Project Involves High School Students in Community Language Research

23 May 2012

Decline and Fall of a 4-Letter Word

17 May 2012

Archaeologists discover lost language

16 May 2012

TESOL Releases White Paper on Language Teaching Policies and Practices

16 May 2012

$2.5 million grant awarded for metaphor research

16 May 2012

Nepal's mystery language on the verge of extinction

14 May 2012

Read a New York Times article on the syntax of social media

8 May 2012

Fresno State receives pledge of $1 million for language study and revitalization

8 May 2012

Check out this prominent shout-out to the International Phonetic Alphabet

1 May 2012

April 2012

First ASL/Deaf Studies minor in an Ivy League school approved

25 April 2012

Linguists grapple with lack of formal major, a blessing and a curse

24 April 2012

NYUAD opens Neuroscience of Language Research Laboratory

23 April 2012

Read a Washington Post article on prescriptivism vs. descriptivism

18 April 2012

UC Berkeley Students Document Endangered Language

18 April 2012

Read this item from the Chronicle on teaching future scientists to communicate with nonspecialists

6 April 2012

New website to feature 1939 Smoky Mountain field recordings of Appalachian speech

2 April 2012

March 2012

Read a New York Times op-ed piece about the history of sentence diagramming

28 March 2012

Are young Mid-Atlantic Americans Glottal-Stopping?

13 March 2012

September 2011

The State of Arizona has agreed to stop monitoring teachers' English Language fluency.Read more and see the related LSA Resolution.

18 September 2011

August 2011

Federal Agencies Take Action to Digitally Document Nearly 50 Endangered Languages

10 August 2011

June 2011

University of Chicago institute completes dictionary of ancient language after 9 decades

10 June 2011

May 2011

Potato, Potahto: Linguist Uses Internet To Take A Language Census

9 May 2011

March 2011

New Research Demonstrates Language Learners' Creativity (PDF)

15 March 2011

Linguists in Hollywood: Language Creators From ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Trek’ Come to Boise State University

13 March 2011

February 2011

Check out UNESCO's Interactive Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing

23 February 2011

LSA Joins Other Scholarly Societies in Condemning Attacks on Academic Freedom

17 February 2011

'Star Trek' translators reach for the final frontier

CNN, 8 February 2011

LSA Comments on U.S. Department of Education Priorities for Assessment (PDF)

8 February 2011

Economist Debates: Does language shape how we think?

The Economist, 3 February 2011

December 2010

Hofstra Announces M.A. Specializing in Forensic Linguistics – The First Graduate Program of Its Kind in the U.S.

10 December 2010

Seven questions for K. David Harrison

The Economist, 2 December 2010

November 2010

Oxford University Press USA 2010 Word of the Year: Refudiate. While you're at the LSA Annual Meeting, check out the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year. Read more...

15 November 2010

October 2010

The LSA regrets to announce the death on October 24, 2010 of its former president Ellen Prince (University of Pennsylvania). Read more...

27 October 2010

LSA Calls on Presidential Science Council to Include the Social Sciences in STEM Education (PDF)

18 October 2010

Can bilingualism improve your brain's multitasking power? Je ne sais pas

Los Angeles Times, 14 October 2010

Michigan legislation is meant to save Native American languages

Michigan Public Radio, 4 October 2010

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley Selected as President of the Center for Applied Linguistics

1 October 2010

Applications for the School for Advanced Research (SAR) Resident Scholar Fellowships in Santa Fe, NM are due 1 November 2010. Read more...

1 October 2010

September 2010

The LSA is pleased to announce the 2011 Class of LSA Fellows:

  • Joseph Aoun (Northeastern University)
  • Mary Beckman (The Ohio State University)
  • B. Elan Dresher (University of Toronto)
  • Anthony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania)
  • William Ladusaw (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
  • James McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego)

The Class of Fellows were elected by at-large members of the LSA's Executive Committee in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the discipline of linguistics. They will be inducted at a ceremony to be held at the Annual Business Meeting in Pittsburgh on January 7, 2011.

24 September 2010

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is updating its Strategic Plan and seeking input from the scientific community. Please send comments to help the LSA craft a response.

23 September 2010

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has released a new report on K-12 science education (PDF) that explicitly excludes the social sciences. The LSA will be joining with its colleague organizations in the social science community to craft an appropriate response.

23 September 2010

Federal program offers intensive training in critical languages

Inside Higher Ed, 10 September 2010

Feds probing bias claims against Arizona's non-native English speaking teachers, 8 September 2010

The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2011 Alan T. Waterman Award

14 September 2010

Book Review: Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher

The New York Times, 3 September 2010

August 2010

Oxford English Dictionary print edition is not dead — yet

USA Today, 30 August 2010

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

The New York Times, 26 August 2010

Wanted: Ebonics Translator for Federal DEA Job, featuring linguist John Baugh, the chair of the LSA's Public Relations committee

ABC, 23 August 2010

LSA members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution discrediting the Teachers' English Fluency Initiative recently implemented by the Arizona Department of Education. Read the press release. (PDF)

18 August 2010

LSA endorses federal legislation on language learning. (PDF)

18 August 2010

Silent communication: Sign-talkers share vanishing language

The Billings Gazette, 10 August 2010

In Alaska, a Frenchman Fights to Revive the Eyak's Dead Tongue

The Wall Street Journal, 10 August 2010

Bill introduced to in U.S. House of Representatives to support foreign language learning in grades K-12 (PDF)

6 August 2010

LSA endorses statement on proposed science education framework. (PDF)

3 August 2010

July 2010

Historic Announcement Rejecting the Exclusion of Sign Language in Deaf Education

The Earth Times, 24 July 2010

Colleges strive to make foreign languages relevant

USA Today, 24 July 2010

Speakers of Klingon gather in Essington

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 July 2010

Lost in Translation

The Wall Street Journal, 23 July 2010

National Anthropological Archives Receives Grant from President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Smithsonian, 20 July 2010

Read a New York Times Op-ed piece by a member of the LSA's Public Relations Committee: The Dreaded P-Word?

New York Times, 20 July 2010

Revisiting the Native American Languages Act of 1990

Education Week, 15 July 2010

Secret Language

Inside Higher Ed, 7 July 2010

June 2010

Computer automatically deciphers ancient language

MIT News, 30 June 2010

Using The Wisdom Of Crowds To Translate Language

National Public Radio, 22 June 2010

Endangered Alphabets on Tour

25 June 2010

Soldiers and diplomats still lack language skills

The Washington Post, 10 June 2010

English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories

The New York Time, 10 June 2010

Groups' open letter on 'threats' to Welsh language

BBC, 10 June 2010

Use of mother tongue in classes inspires kids

República, 9 June 2010

Two resolutions adopted at the LSA's Business meeting in January 2010 - on Recognizing the Scholarly Merit of Language Documentation and on Cyberinfrastructure- were ratified by the LSA membership at large in a recent poll.

5 June 2010

Linguists in Arizona criticize new language education policy

2 June 2010

May 2010

The Spoken Word, Searchable for Scholarship (may require paid subscription)

28 May 2010

LSA endorses America COMPETES legislation (PDF)

18 May 2010

The Queens Accent: A Big, Honking Myth

The Wall Street Journal, 11 May 2010

April 2010

New Census Bureau Report Analyzes Nation's Linguistic Diversity

27 April 2010

Listening to (and Saving) the World's Languages

The New York Times, 28 April 2010

World's 18 most endangered spoken languages

The Christian Science Monitor, 27 April 2010

LSA Calls on White House to include Linguistics in STEM Education (PDF)

24 April 2010

Is American Sign Language a 'foreign' language?

Chicago Tribune, 18 April 2010

More Students Taking Arabic May Not Translate Into More Cultural Comprehension

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 April 2010

PBS profiles author Louise Erdrich's efforts on behalf of the Ojibwe language

Public Broadcasting Station, 9 April 2010

Indian Tribes Go in Search of Their Lost Languages

The New York Times, 5 April 2010

Phase 1 of survey to map Himalayan languages to begin soon

The Times of India, 4 April 2010

February 2010

The Chicago Manual of Style Online Launches New Online Discussion Forum

This new online forum launched by The Chicago Manual of Style Online aims to create an online community of writers and editors, uniting a passionate group of language enthusiasts.

20 February 2010

January 2010

Outsourcing Language Learning

Inside Higher Ed, 22 January 2010

Translators Struggle to Prove Their Academic Bona Fides

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 January 2010

American Dialect Society picks 'tweet,' 'Google' as top words for 2009, decade

The Washington Post, 9 January 2010

December 2009

CAL's Foreign Language Survey Results Now Available.

November 2009

Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriend

Oxford University Press Blog, 16 November 2009

October 2009

F.B.I. Is Slow to Translate Intelligence, Report Says

New York Times, October 26, 2009

Who's the better translator: Machines or humans?

CNN, October 7, 2009

EU green light for Scots Gaelic

BBC, October 7, 2009

September 2009

Obama White House Calls for Machine Translation

Global Watchtower, September 27, 2009

A memorial service for Gene Searchinger, late LSA member, winner of the 1999 Linguistics, Language and the Public Award, and producer of the mid-1990's PBS series The Human Language, will be held on October 10th in New York City.

GAO report finds State Department language skills dangerously lacking

Foreign Policy, September 22, 2009

August 2009

Linguist Saves Culture, Traditions by Documenting Languages

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 27, 2009

The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education have launched, a new website that highlights the urgent need for international and foreign language education to become part of the core mission of the U.S. education system.

August 10, 2009

The Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in collaboration with UNICEF has recently released their "State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009", which includes a full chapter on Multilingual Education.

August 10, 2009

2-year-olds possess grammatical insights

Science News, August 1, 2009

July 2009

Schwa! Popular slang dictionary marks 20th anniversary at UCLA

EurekAlert, July 29, 2009

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Introduces the U.S. and the World Education Act

July 28, 2009

Linguist's Preservation Kit Has New Digital Tools

New York Times, July 27, 2009

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Linguistics

New York Times, July 20, 2009

"%&#$!" makes you feel better later

Science News, July 12, 2009

Early Language Abilities May Protect Memory Decades Later

ABC News, July 9, 2009

Nkwusm works to preserve Salish language

Indian Country Today, July 7, 2009

Senator Kohl Introduces Court Interpreter Services Legislation

RTTNews, July 6, 2009

Dear Garry. I've decided to end it all: The full stop that trapped a killer

The Daily Mail, July 6, 2009

Eastern Cherokees look to kids for language revitalization

Cherokee Phoenix, July 1, 2009

June 2009

Young People Embracing their Indigenous languages

New America Media, June 24, 2009

Linguistics controversy ends with firm gig for Lake of Stew

Yahoo! News Canada, June 23, 2009

LSA members weigh in on "millionth word" news item., June 10, 2009

Linguists debate their role in saving the world's endangered tongues

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2009

May 2009

CIA Announces Push to Improve Agency's Language Proficiency

The Washington Post, May 30, 2009

University of Delaware graduate student helps save Kerinci, an endangered language on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

UDaily, May 20, 2009

Earlier this month, Sen. Daniel Akaka announced the introduction of his "National Language Coordination Act of 2009", which would establish a National Foreign Language Coordination Council in the Executive Office of the President to oversee, coordinate, and implement continuing national security and language education initiatives.

May 18, 2009

AFT Releases New Report on Academic Workforce

May 12, 2009

PolyU helps boost Chinese Linguistics research through collaboration with Peking University, May 7, 2009

A dictionary of words and phrases from Cromarty's fisherfolk dialect was published on Saturday, providing a written record of what has been described as one of Scotland's most threatened dialects.

Linguistics was not a degree option when Dr Jim Feist first graduated from Auckland University 53 years ago, but this week the university's oldest graduate picked up his doctorate in linguistics after completing his thesis within three years.

The New Zealand Herald, May 6, 2009

April 2009

The powerful documentary The Linguist hopes to educate the world about endangered languages through the Internet. The film was originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2008 and is now available to view online for free., April 20, 2009

Academics and students at Sussex University are protesting cuts to linguistics courses and research. The cuts are part of a reorganisation of Sussex University from 7 schools into 12 schools.

An Azerbaijani Language and Culture Center has been opened at the Moscow Linguistic University in partnership with the Baku Slavic University.

Azeri Press Agency, April 15, 2009

MARCH 2009

A Maltese library, containing one of the largest collections of Maltese literature outside the Maltese Islands, has been inaugurated at the Linguistics Dept of the University of Breman.

The Times of Malta, March 24, 2009

The Linguists documentary chronicles the journey of linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson to record speakers of endangered languages before they are lost completely. Currently airing on PBS. The PBS Schedule.

The film's official site

The New York Times blog, Schott's Vocab, tracks the coinage of new English-language vocab that reflects "the times in which we live."


The Defense Department is assembling a corps of people fluent in critical foreign languages to serve the nation during times of emergency or international, 15 January, 2008


Supreme Court upholds most of Alaska's English-only law., 4 November 2007.


A Way with Words: Language and Human Nature. NPR, 14 September 2007.


Language Evolution's Slippery Tropes. The New York Times, 1 August 2007.

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MAY 2007

The year 2008 has been proclaimed International Year of Languages by the United Nations General Assembly., 11 May 2007.

MARCH 2007

Microsoft Speaks Romansch to Boost Dying Swiss Tongue. Bloomberg News, 28 March 2007.

Business Types Get a New Kick Out of the 'Bucket'. The Wall Street Journal, 27 March 2007.

A War of the Words, All of Them Hyphenated. The New York Times, 11 March 2007.


Arkansans Quibble Over the Possessive 'S'. National Public Radio, 28 February 2007.


In Bolivia, Speaking Up For Native Languages. The Washington Post, 30 January 2007.

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A Dead Indian Language Is Brought Back to Life. The Washington Post, 12 December 2006. 



Saving Languages, Sustaining Communities., 24 November 2006.

Link between language, cultural identity studied. The Chicago Tribune, 22 November 2006.

Cyber-Neologoliferation. The New York Times, 5 November 2006.

First Ears, Then Hearts and Minds. The Washington Post, 1 November 2006. 



Globalization: Saving Thailand's other languages. International Herald Tribune, 23 October 2006.

In Memoriam: William Bright, 78, Expert in Indigenous Languages, Is Dead. The New York Times, 23 October 2006.

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U.S. Best Seller, Thanks to Rave by Latin Leftist. The New York Times, 23 September 2006.

To Fight Stuttering, Doctors Look at the Brain. The New York Times, 12 September 2006.

Out of America - Harboring a grudge: the birth of US English. The Independent, 10 September 2006. 



It's All Chinese to Your Toddler. The Washington Post, 27 August 2006.

Schools Try Elementary Approach To Teaching Foreign Languages. The Washington Post, 8 August 2006.

So English Is Taking Over the Globe. So What. The New York Times, 6 August 2006.


JULY 2006

A Language to Air News of America to the World.The New York Times, 7 July 2006.

Preserving Endangered Languages.An interview with Terry Langendoen on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" Program, 14 July 2006.

'Talking Right' by Geoff Nunberg: Why the Left Is Losing, Linguistically. National Public Radio, 6 July 2006.

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JUNE 2006

Analyzing Eggcorns and Snowclones, and Challenging Strunk and White.The New York Times, 20 June 2006.

What do linguists do? Hint: They're not language cops or polyglots.The Boston Globe, 18 June 2006.

Dean of arts and letters explores 'bad language'. Ashland Daily Tidings, 17 June 2006.

Student Linguists Converge on MSU for National Meeting.MSU Website, 15 June 2006.


MAY 2006

Starlings' Listening Skills May Shed Light on Language Evolution.The New York Times, 2 May 2006.


APRIL 2006

New Hampshire Students Bid to Save Kenyan Tongue.NPR, 29 April 2006.

Polyglots 'have different brains'.BBC News, 6 April 2006.

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MARCH 2006

Chat With Chomsky.The Washington Post, 24 March 2006.

It's Not the Sights, It's the Sounds.The New York Times, 17 March 2006.

Texans Don't Hear Difference Between 'Pen' or 'Pin,' Rice Says.Bloomberg News, 15 March 2006.

Linguists Find the Words, and Pocahontas Speaks AgainThe New York Times, 7 March 2006.



American Accent Undergoing Great Vowel Shift. National Public Radio, 16 February 2006.

A Conversation With Deborah Tannen: Author Applies Tools of Linguistics to Mend Mother-Daughter DivideThe New York Times, 14 February 2006.

In Memoriam: Peter Ladefoged, 80, Expert In Pops and Trills of Speech, is DeadThe New York Times, 8 February 2006.



Linguist Peter Ladefoged, 80, diesThe Los Angeles Times, 29 January 2006.

Science Notebook. Geometry Called Inherent SkillThe Washington Post, 23 January 2006.

Tannen, Deborah. Oh, Mom. Oh, Honey. Why Do You Have to Say That? The Washington Post, 22 January 2006.

Bush Says Foreign-Language Study Key to Spreading DemocracyBloomberg News, 5 January 2006.

National Security Language Initiative. Department of State Press Release, January 2006.

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With Sound From Africa, the Phonetic Alphabet Expands.The New York Times, 13 December 2005.



London Journal: Scrabble Kings Vie for Linguistic Superiority. The New York Times, 21 November 2005.

The Academy: Talking the Tawk.The New Yorker, 7 November 2005.

Language Acquisition and Brain Development. Science, Vol. 310, 4 November 2005, p. 815-819.



A Linguist's Alternative History of 'Redskin'. The Washington Post, 3 October 2005.

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Linking of Languages May Speak Volumes.  The New York Times, 27 September 2005.

Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore. The New York Times, 20 September 2005.

War of the Tongues. The Washington Post, 14 September 2005.

Saying It With Feeling. The Washington Post, 6 September 2005.



The New Language for Jurors in California: Plain English. The New York Times, 28 August 2005.

Language Born of Colonialism Thrives Again in Amazon.  The New York Times, 28 August 2005.

To more Africans, English is hip - and can even save lives. The Christian Science Monitor, 20 August 2005.

Have You Heard? Gossip Turns Out to Serve a Purpose.  The New York Times, 16 August 2005.

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MAY 2005

Twang Enters the Discussion In Va. Race. The Washington Post, 9 May 2005.

Connecting With the American Dialect. The Washington Post, 9 May 2005.

Federal Agencies Partner to Document Endangered Languages, NSF Press Release, 5 May 2005.


APRIL 2005

Vital Signs:  Testing: Consent Forms in Plain English. The New York Times, 26 April 2005.

Love of Learning Language Transcends All Ages. The Washington Post, 26 April 2005.

A Philanthropist of Science Seeks to Be Its Next Nobel. The New York Times, 19 April 2005.

The Child Who Would Not Speak a Word. The New York Times, 12 April 2005.

Pentagon to Stress Foreign Languages. The Washington Post, 8 April 2005.

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MARCH 2005

Baffling Scouse Is Spoken Here, So Bring a Sensa Yuma. The New York Times, 15 March 2005.



A genius explainsThe Guardian, 12 February 2005.

A New Language Arises, and Scientists Watch It Evolve. The New York Times, 1 February 2005.



Side Effects: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Amygdala: Word as Earworm. 11 January 2005.

Rats Distinguish Languages. The Washington Post, 10 January 2005.

Chronicle: Poetry: The Language People Speak. The New York Times, 9 January 2005.

Essay: You Talkin' to Me? The New York Times, 9 January 2005.

'Speak American': For Real, Full On. The Washington Post, 2 January 2005.

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2004: In a Word: The Year of (Your Catchphrase Here). The New York Times, 26 December 2004.

Dude -- professor studies 'dude'. CNN, 8 December 2004.



Using a New Language in Africa to Save Dying Ones. The New York Times, 12 November 2004

Doctor Dolittle had it wrong, but animals do communicate. The Chicago Tribune, 3 November 2004.


Learning 2nd Language Early. The Washington Post, 18 October 2004.

The Five-Minute Linguist.

Tannen, Deborah. Being President Means Never Having to Say He's Sorry. The New York Times, 12 October 2004.

A Lesson in Linguistics From the Mouths of Babes. The New York Times, 12 October 2004.

Visual Cortex Altered in Blind. The Washington Post, 4 October 2004.

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Changing Places. The New York Times, 30 September 2004.

Toonology: Scientists Try to Find Out What's So Funny About Humor. The New York Times, 28 September 2004.

Deaf Children's Ad Hoc Language Evolves and Instructs. The New York Times, 21 September 2004.

Whither English?The Washington Times, 15 September 2004.

Did the Cat Really Say 'I Vant to Be Alone'? Sorry, It Said MeowThe New York Times, 7 September 2004.


They don't have a word for it. The Washington Post, Science Notebook, 23 August 2004.

Life without Numbers in the Amazon. Science, Vol. 305, 20 August 2004.

JULY 2004

Babies Grasp ConceptsThe Washington Post, 26 July 2004.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. How Much Wallop Can a Simple Word Pack? The New York Times, 11 July 2004.

Wordnerd Watch. The New York Times, 11 July 2004.

Interview with Dennis Preston(real audio). Stateside with Charity Nebbe [radio series episode], 9 July 2004.

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JUNE 2004

Finally, an Old Dog That Can Learn New Tricks. The New York Times, 11 June 2004.

'Igen, da, oui' turns out to mean 'no'. Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2004.

MAY 2004

We Are our Words. Parade, 30 May 2004, p.8.

Lakoff, Robin Tolmach. From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime.The New York Times, 18 May 2004.

You May Now Kiss [Label Here]. The New York Times, 16 May 2004.

APRIL 2004

Letter from Syria: In Maaloula Experiencing the Grammar of Christ, The Washington Post, 11 April 2004, p. D1.

Lexical Lessons. What the Good Books Says: Anti-Semitism, Loosely Defined, The New York Times, 11 April 2004, p. WK 7.

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MARCH 2004

A Biological Dig for the Roots of Language. The New York Times, 16 March 2004.

The Measure of America. The New Yorker, 8 March 2004, p. 48-63.

No Translation Needed: Door is Closed. Los Angeles Times, 14 March 2004, p. M5.

A Job for Solomon: Was Bono's Blurt A Verb or Moodifer? The Wall Street Journal, 11 March 2004, p. 1.


Say No More. The New York Times, 29 February 2004.

Language System Changing. The Washington Post, 29 February 2004.

Words, Music Linked in Brain? The Washington Post, 29 February 2004.

A Language by Women, for Women. The Washington Post, 24 February 2004.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. Semantic Differences: Wed the People? (In Order to Form a More Perfect Gay Union). The New York Times, 22 February 2004.

Half of all languages face extinction this centuryNew Scientist, 16 February 2004.

Language Visible. New York Times, February 15, 2004.

Siberian Tongue Documented. Science, Vol. 303, 13 February 2004, p. 952.


Meet George LakoffCBS News Online, 15 January, 2004.

Spanglish moves into mainstream: Debate continues: Is it creative argot or corrupt speech? The Boston Sunday Globe, 11 January 2003, p. A10.

“Prisons to Mosques: Hate Speech and the American Way.” The New York Times, 11 January 2004.

“Ethnic Friction Over Signs That Lack Translations.” The New York Times, 10 January 2004.

“Before Baby Talk, Signs and Signals.” The New York Times, 6 January 2004.

“Writes, Punctuation Book and Finds It;s a Best Seller.” The New York Times, 5 January 2004.

“Think Tank: Just Like, Er, Words, Not, Um, Throwaways.” The New York Times, 3 January 2004.

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Santa Claus for Today’s Mall Packs a Bag of Languages. The New York Times, 21 December 2003.

The Power of Babble. Discovery. December 2003, p. 30.


Scholars of Twang Track All the ’Y’Alls’ in Texas. The New York Times, 28 November 2003.

Speaking with Colonial Inflections. Colonial Williamsburg, Autumn 2003, p.80.

Talk is Cheap, a review of Doing our Own Thngs: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should Like, Care by John McWhorter. The New York Times Book Review, 16 November 2003, p. 49.

Gesturing as You Talk Can Help You Take a Load Off Your Mind. The Wall Street Journal, 14 November 2003, p. B1.

Questions for Noam Chomsky: The Professorial ProvocateurNew York Times Magazine, 2 November 2003, p. 13.

School Districts Struggle with English Fluency MandateThe New York Times, 5 November 2003.

US Agencies Surf for Translators: A Dearth of Linguists Sends CIA, FBI to Web.Washington Post, 6 November 2003, p. A31.


Judge Orders Neb. Father to Not Speak 'Hispanic.' The Washington Post, 17 October 2003.

A linguist decries the flight from the formal. A review of “Doing our own Thing: The Degraduation of Language and Music and Why We Should Like, Care,” by John McWhorter. The Washington Post, 19 October 2003, Book World, p.2.

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Nunberg, Geoffrey. The Lost Vocabulary of Disinterested PoliticsNew York Times, 14 September 2003.

Journalist Lends an Ear To Endangered Languages. USA Today, 12 September 2003, p. 5D.

Dirty Words: The Unique Power of Russians Underground Language. The New Yorker, 15 September 2003, p. 42-48.

Rice/Wexler Test. American Psychological Society, V16, n9, September 2003, p. 16.

Road Reads: Books to peruse before, while or instead of traveling. The Washington Post, 5 September 2003.


Nunberg, Geoffrey. Initiating Mission-Critical Jargon ReductionThe New York Times, 3 August 2003, Ideas & Trends p. 5.

Inventor Designs Sign Language Glove. 3 August 2003.

Musical Scale Is Linked to Speech. The Los Angeles Times, 9 August 2003, Science File p. A20.

Scholars Perform Autopsy on AncientWriting Systems. The Washington Post, 25 August 2003, Science p. A7.

JULY 2003

Early Voices: The Leap to Language. The New York Times, 15 July 2003, Science Times p. D1.

From Uzbek to Klingon, the Machine Cracks the CodeThe New York Times, 31 July 2003.

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JUNE 2003

Nunberg, Geoffrey. The Bloody Crossroads of Grammar and PoliticsThe New York Times, 1 June 2003.

MAY 2003

Area Bosses Try to Bridge Language Gaps. The Washington Post, 5 May 2003.

World's Farmers Sowed Languages as Well As SeedsThe New York Times, 6 May 2003.

Klingon Interpreter Sought for Patients. Salon, 12 May 2003.

Teaching Grammar Doesn't Lead to Better Writing. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 May 2003, p. B20.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. As Google Goes, So Goes the NationThe New York Times, 18 May 2003.

A scholar explains why we don't want to teach the world to speak in perfect harmony.The Washington Post, 25 May 2003.

Fading Species and Dying Tongues: When the Two Part Ways New York Times, 27 May 2003, Science.

APRIL 2003

Nunberg, Geoffrey. War-Speak Worthy of a Milton and Chuck NorrisThe New York Times, 6 April 2003, WK 4.

Still No Gay Linguists. The Washington Post, 16 April 2003, A26.

Noise May Retard Speech, Language Development. The Washington Post, 18 April 2003.

Farmers and Their Languages: The First Expansions. Science, Vol. 300, 25 April 2003, p. 587-603.

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MARCH 2003

Heroes Heard not Seen. The Dallas News, 3 March 2003.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. Computers in Libraries Make Moral Judgments, Selectively. New York Times, 9 March 2003, p. WK 5.

In Click Languages, an Echo of the Tongues of the AncientsNew York Times, 18 March 2003.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. Freedoom--More Than Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose.New York Times, 23 March 2003, p. WK 6.

The Soothing Sounds of Fighting Words. The Washington Post, 26 March 2003, p. C9.

Northwest Tribe Struggles to Revive Its Language. The Washington Post, 31 March 2003, National News p. A3.

The Devil's Accountant. The New Yorker, 31 March 2003, p. 64-79.


Nunberg, Geoffrey. A Lexicon of Francophobia, From Emerson to Fox TV. The New York Times, 9 February 2003, p. WK 5.

Scientists of Very Small Draw Disciplines TogetherNew York Times, 10 February 2003.

Peer Review. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February 2003, p. A8.


Tannen, Deborah. Did You Catch That? Why They're Talking as Fast as They CanThe Washington Post, 5 January 2003.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. A Surge in Saber-Rattling at the PrecipiceThe New York Times, 12 January 2003, p. WK 5.