Has the internet changed the way new words enter our collective vocabulary? How do dictionary makers figure out what words having staying power and which will be obsolete in a month? How does a modern dictionary function in this ever-changing language landscape? Lexicographer and radio host Grant Barrett weighs in.
Read up on the five words that New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz thinks you should know, then try your hand at a puzzle made by the Planet Word team!
Kathleen Diamond is a trailblazer in the multibillion-dollar language services industry. Here, she describes her experience as an entrepreneur in the 1980s and offers some advice to today's students and language professionals.
Take a look inside the Mundolingua museum, a hidden gem for language lovers in the heart of Paris.
Linguists can tell us a lot about how we learn languages, but they don't have all the answers. Elissa Newport, head of Georgetown University's Learning and Development Lab, talks us through some of her lab's cutting-edge research on the topic.
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 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 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.
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.
Linguist Cecile McKee explores the early stages of language development with five of the first words that English-speaking children say.
Can physical books and eBooks coexist, or are they hopelessly at odds? Linguist Naomi Baron weighs in.
Peter Wegner blends art and language in this adverb-inspired installation.