In response to a New Yorker article, Will Leben wrote this piece on the importance of metaphor and ambiguity. Way to not beat around the bush, Will!
How badly does English orthography need a facelift? This article describes somebody whose life work is adding a single letter to the alphabet.
Recent PhD recipient Tyler Schnoebelen‘s work on Twitter (specifically variation in Tweets by social category) was noticed in this Boston Globe article. Sesquicongrats to Tyler and company!
Here are a few interesting articles from over the summer:
An article in the New York Times from July discusses evidence supporting Greenberg’s colonization theory.
Dan Jurafsky was mentioned in this article in the Stanford News from July.
H. Samy Alim (w Smitherman) wrote an opinion piece in the NY Times from September on the language of Obama.
Chris Manning got mentioned in this special piece (in orange) from the September/October issue of the Stanford Magazine.
An interesting take on one state’s response to issues related to global warming. Read it here, in Scientific American.