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A conversation with Gaston Dorren, author of Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages.
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Tonal languages evolved mostly in hot and humid places. What would explain that?
What we can learn about English from am, the seemingly simplest verb.
Where did Arabic, Hebrew and Amharic originate? And what is a triconsonantal root?
How an old word for child morphed into a versatile, and very modern, suffix.
Some more of the many ways that neologisms form.
An actually very literal discussion of true words. Really!
English speakers have been getting it on with the F-word for centuries.
A New Year's meditation on a joyful word.
More than half of Americans are currently living with one or more serious, preventable, chronic diseases. These rates are expected to increase significantly over the next two decades.