The Linguistic Turn: Explorations at the Edge of Language

Column by Leah Dearborn May 19, 2015
At its heart, the Linguistic Turn is an attempt to make a map of human thought through language. How far beyond the horizon can our words travel? How finite is thought?

The Eternal Duel: A History of Commas

Column by Leah Dearborn March 14, 2014
The Oxford comma has been a highly divisive issue within the literary community for many years. But how did it come to be this way, and is one side actually correct?

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Column by Kimberly Turner July 29, 2013
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.