25 Great Articles and Essays about Language and LinguisticsThe best articles about language and linguistics
The Language of the Future by Henry HitchingsA fascinating look at how English is mutating as it becomes the world's lingua franca.
The Interpreter by John ColapintoHas a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
English is Not Normal by John McWhorterNo, English isn't uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language
Vowel Movement by Rob MifsudHow Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Writing Right by Jared Diamond"Some written languages are a precise reflection of a people's speech, while others, like english, are a complete mess. Is this alphabetical evolution? Or the unequal application of logic to literacy?"
The Crayola-fication of the World by Aatish BhatiaHow naming things can change the way we perceive them.
Say No More by Jack Hitt"Linguists now estimate that half of the more than 6,000 languages currently spoken in the world will become extinct by the end of this century."
Linguists are like, 'Get used to it!' by Britt Peterson*Why a new way to quote has taken English by storm
English, Loanword Champion of the World! It's the number-one lender of words to other languages--but not everyone wants to borrow them
by Britt Peterson
Utopian for Beginners by Joshua FoerAn amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.
A Defense of Internet Linguistics by Tia BaheriOnce I noticed the effects of the Internet on language use around me once, I noticed it all the time...
The Grammar of Doge. Wow. by Gretchen McCullochSuch analyse. Many grammar. Amaze.
Summoning Benedict Cumberbatch by Gretchen McCullochMaybe coming up with examples off the top of my head based on my intuitions as Someone Who's Watched Sherlock And Has Tumblr isn't the best way to do science.
English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet by Megan GarberLinguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because"
That Way We're All Writing Now by Clive Thompson*One joy of our age is watching wordplay evolve at the pace of E.coli
30 Great Essays about Words and WritingA great articles and essays about words and writing
Tense Present by David Foster WallaceIn one of his finest essays, DFW reviews a dictionary of English usage, tackling everything from democracy and free will to racism in academia along the way.
False Fronts in the Language Wars by Steven PinkerOn bogus linguistic controversies.
Cyber-Neologoliferation by James GleickA guided tour through the strange world of the lexicographer.
A Linguistic Big Bang by Lawrence Osborne"For the first time in history, scholars are witnessing the birth of a language, a complex sign system being created by deaf children in Nicaragua."
Seeing at the Speed of Sound by Rachel KolbSurrounded by hearing people all the time, my only option has been to adapt, and lipreading is the skill that I have practiced most.
Deafness as culture by Edward DolnickWhy some deaf activists resist being integrated into the hearing world, preferring to use sign language
What the F***?Why we curse
A Linguist Explains the Syntax of "Fuck" by Gretchen McCulloch*Linguistically, swear words are fucking fascinating
In Which We Get to the Bottom of Some Crazy-Ass Language by Chi LuuLet’s face it, there is no depth to which linguists will not sink in their hunt for the oddities of language...
The Language Instinct by Steven PinkerA lucid primer on the fascinating science of linguistics which accessibly explains the complex origins and psychology of language
The Story Of English by Robert McCrumA comprehensive history of the world's lingua franca, in all its forms.
posted by fvox13 to Education (15 answers total)
I have a paper due on Friday for my Linguistics class, and I'm having a problem deciding on a paper topic. I think I have a general idea, but I need to make it more specific. It's a research paper, open to any topic in the field of linguistics. Generally, what I think I want to write about are the factors contributing to the evolution of a language (English in particular) --- society, diversity, usage, history, immigrants, presence or lack of a governmental language purity organization, dialects, etc. I'm shooting for 8 - 10 double-spaced pages, so I obviously need to narrow it down a little bit.
So, does anyone have any ideas on what I should focus on? Any other paper topics I should do instead? I have access to a lot of article/book/online resources, so there's pretty much no limit on what I can do for a topic.
If you need a course description to give me a better answer, it might help to know that we use:
"The Study of Language" by George Yule
"The Language Instinct" by Stephen Pinker
"Language, Society, and Power" by Linda Thomas and Shan Waering