Language and National Security: Q & A with Bill Rivers

Language and National Security: Q & A with Bill Rivers

When national security threats appear, we need to be equipped to handle them with more than just manpower — we need language experts too. Bill Rivers, executive director of the Joint National Committee for Languages, explains how proper language training is vital to national defense efforts.

Poetry in America: Q & A with Lisa New

Poetry in America: Q & A with Lisa New

Poetry shouldn't be some imposing, academic monolith: it should be discussed and enjoyed in homes and classrooms everywhere. The Poetry in America initiative, founded and directed by Lisa New, uses a multimedia approach to make conversations around poetry more accessible.

Pronunciation, Prestige, and Punchlines: Q & A with David Crystal

Pronunciation, Prestige, and Punchlines: Q & A with David Crystal

Pronunciation can be a minefield of silent letters and tricky vowels — and a signal of social hierarchy. But accents and pronunciation also provide endless fodder for jokes. Linguist and author David Crystal discusses diction, accents, social class, and how people from the Victorian era to modern day have found humor in it all.

Talking Black in America: Q & A with Walt Wolfram

Talking Black in America: Q & A with Walt Wolfram

A new documentary, Talking Black in America, explores African American English through interviews with linguists, speakers, and educators. Walt Wolfram, director of the Language and Life Project and the film's executive producer, discusses the project.

Erin McKean: My Five Favorite Words

Erin McKean: My Five Favorite Words

A short essay listing the five favorite words (and why) by contributor Erin McKean, a noted lexicographer, author of seven books, and founder of the nonprofit online dictionary Wordnik.com

Q & A with Ed King: talkobamato.me

Q & A with Ed King: talkobamato.me

An interview about talkobamato.me with Ed King, who describes creating this wildly popular website, his inspiration, the implications of the website, and the potential applications of the technology