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 2 contains a select number of articles published from 1956–1985.


Lees, Robert B. 1957. Review of Noam Chomsky, Syntactic structures. Lg. 33:375-407.

Chomsky, Noam. 1959. Review of B.F. Skinner, Verbal behavior. Lg. 35:26-58.

Emeneau, Murray B. 1956. India as a linguistic area. Lg. 32:3-16.

Labov, William. 1969. Contraction, deletion, and inherent variability of the English copula. Lg. 45:715-762.

Hyman, Larry. 1970. How concrete is phonology? Lg. 46:58-76.

McCawley, James. 1970. English as a VSO language. Lg. 46:286-299.

Bolinger, Dwight. 1972. Accent is predictable (if you're a mind-reader). Lg. 48:633-644.

Dorian, Nancy C. 1973. Grammatical change in a dying dialect. Lg. 49:414-438.

Cedergren, Henrietta, and David Sankoff. 1974. Variable rules: performance as a statistical reflection of competence. Lg. 50:333-355.

Curtiss, Susan; Victoria Fromkin; Stephen Krashen; David Rigler; and Marilyn Rigler. 1974. The linguistic development of Genie. Lg. 50:528-554.

Sacks, Harvey; Emanuel A. Schegloff; and Gail Jefferson. 1974. A simplest systematics for the organization of turn-taking for conversation. Lg. 50:696-735.

Kay, Paul, and Chad K. McDaniel. 1978. The linguistic significance of the meanings of basic color terms. Lg. 54:610-646.

Pfaff, Carol W. 1979. Constraints on language mixing: intersentential code-switching and borrowing in Spanish/English. Lg. 55:291-318.

Hopper, Paul J., and Sandra A. Thompson. 1980. Transitivity in grammar and dis-course. Lg. 56:251-299.

Gazdar, Gerald; Geoffrey K. Pullum; and Ivan A. Sag. 1982. Auxiliaries and related phenomena in a restrictive theory of grammar. Lg. 58:591-638.

Zwicky, Arnold M., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. 1983. Cliticization versus inflection: English n't. Lg. 59:502-513.

Mithun, Marianne. 1984. The evolution of noun incorporation. Lg. 60:847-894.

Horn, Laurence R. 1985. Metalinguistic negation and pragmatic ambiguity. Lg. 61:121-174.