14 Results

Cormac McCarthy Returns to the Kekulé Problem

Answers to questions and questions that cannot be answered.

The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence

The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write.

A Linguist Responds to Cormac McCarthy

If language began as a virus, here’s how it spread.

Ingenious: Julie Sedivy

Why language both enraptures and deceives us.

The Kekulé Problem

Where did language come from?

The Strange Persistence of First Languages

After my father died, my journey of rediscovery began with the Czech language.

Why Red Means Red in Almost Every Language

The confounding consistency of color categories.

Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense

What the Bard can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind.

The Family That Couldn’t Say Hippopotamus

The origins of language are not what inherited disorders seemed to suggest.