May 2, 2013 — Linguists used to think the human brain had a specific region devoted to understanding language. But brain scans now indicate that regions controlling vision, movement, taste, smell and touch are all called into action when we think of a word, too.
Jun 23, 2012 — With DeeChee's help, researchers are studying how babies transition from babbling to forming words.
May 20, 2012 — You don't need to deliberate to be thoughtful, says commentator Alva NoŽ. In fact, it's better if you don't. We are at our most intelligent when we let the world guide us. And we can do this because we are expert at many things we take for granted.
Mar 12, 2012 — The assistant dean of students at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and blog readers share their reactions to the term "politically correct."
Mar 8, 2012 — In last week's column, I asked whether it was taking political correctness too far to question the word "nutcase" in an NPR report. Most readers agreed it wasn't, but some - including NPR's own Vice President of Diversity — disliked framing the conversation in terms of "political correctness."
Jul 13, 2011 — The modern misuse of words often prompts complaints from purists. The same was true in 19th-century Britain, when the Americanisms lengthy and reliable were seen as signs of the coming apocalypse.
Mar 1, 2011 — The New York Times Magazine published the final "On Language" column last Sunday. It marks the end of weekly lectures on common mistakes and misuse in language and grammar. For those who are relieved, research the history of off the hook yourself.
Dec 21, 2010 — Everyday, we hear people purposefully slur or combine words in conversation, like "imma" and "a whole 'nother." This informative YouTube video called "Things We Say Wrong" gives a quirky language explainer on why pronunciation matters.
Sep 25, 2007 — For most of us who try it, learning another language is a long, frustrating process. In middle school, I made stacks of flash cards to memorize Spanish vocabulary. My friends and I affec