Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

27 January 2020 | By Gretchen McCulloch | Filed in: language.

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language Language is humanity s most spectacular open source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in interesting ways than ever before Internet conversations are structured by

Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

27 January 2020 | By Benjamin Dreyer | Filed in: language.

A witty, informative guide to writing good English from Random House s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter s leading enforcers of proper grammar a twenty first century Elements of Style As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the

The Gifts of Reading

27 January 2020 | By Robert Macfarlane | Filed in: language.

Elk boek is een cadeau voor de lezer, en een boek cadeau doen geeft een bijzonder gevoel Tijdens het lezen voeren drie personen de gever, de schrijver, de ontvanger een gesprek dat elk van de hen rijker maakt In Lezen als geschenk vertelt Macfarlane dat hij op jonge leeftijd een boek kreeg dat

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

27 January 2020 | By Cecelia Watson | Filed in: language.

A page turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world s most polarizing punctuation markThe semicolon Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it But why When is it effective Have we been misusing it Should

In Other Words

27 January 2020 | By Jhumpa Lahiri | Filed in: language.

From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut In Other Words is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession that of a writer for another language For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian,

The Lost Words

27 January 2020 | By Robert Macfarlane | Filed in: language.

From Acorn to Weasel a gorgeous, hand illustrated, large format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world All over the country, there are words disappearing from children s lives Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter

27 January 2020 | By Celeste Headlee | Filed in: language.

WE NEED TO TALK In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us by having real conversations BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWSNPR s Best Books of 2017 Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

27 January 2020 | By Gaston Dorren | Filed in: language.

English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn t speak it only one in five people does Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world s 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than twenty languages He sets out to explore

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

27 January 2020 | By Helen Thorpe | Filed in: language.

From an award winning, meticulously observant The New Yorker writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

27 January 2020 | By Mary Norris | Filed in: language.

Mary Norris has spent than three decades in The New Yorker s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

27 January 2020 | By Amanda Montell | Filed in: language.

The word bitch conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn t refer to gender at all it originated as a gender neutral word meaning genitalia A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

27 January 2020 | By Maryanne Wolf | Filed in: language.

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies A decade ago,

Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language

27 January 2020 | By Darach Ó Séaghdha | Filed in: language.

Motherfocl ir focloir means dictionary and is pronounced like a rather vulgar English epithet is a book based on the popular Twitter account theirishfor As the title suggests, Motherfocl ir takes an irreverent, pun friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language The

The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

27 January 2020 | By Bill Bryson | Filed in: language.

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language From the first descent of the larynx into the throat why you can talk but your dog can t ,

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

27 January 2020 | By Lynne Truss | Filed in: language.

In Eats, Shoots Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

27 January 2020 | By Steven Pinker | Filed in: language.

The classic book on the development of human language by the world s leading expert on language and the mind In this classic, the world s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the