OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE

1. A Bonehead's Headbone 
Noun compounds give a lot of bang for the buck (1 Oct. 98)
6. I Hereby Warn you ... 
Or, doing things with words (1 Oct. 98)
8. Is Silence Being Golden? 
Our English progressive is difficult (15 Jan 99)
11. And What's All This?  
'What a word means' is not all that simple (1 Mar 99)
17. It Really IS Time you Thought    
Of the present, the past and the future (1 Jun 99)
19. British Left Waffles on Falklands  
Why do some headlines sound so funny? (1 Jul 99)
23. The Commonest Word in the Language  
The social role of the word 'the' (1 Sep 99)
40. The HERE and the NOW
But when is 'now', and where is 'here'?   (15 May 00)
45. Visible and Invisible  
Words and what gives them life (1 Aug 00)
55. Want to Read This?
Things there and yet not there   (1 Jan 01)
56. This is Where it's At  
But it's not that big of a deal (15 Jan 01)
68. This Might Back you Down  
Those tricky 'change of state' verbs (15 July 01)
74. TAKE a Look Here  
Lightweights in the verbal world (15 Oct 01)
84. Web Site Language Miniature Thoughts  
Understanding long noun compounds (15 Mar 02)
87. YOULLMIXUPEVERYDAYWORDS  
How many words in the title? (1 May 02)
92. Hot Coffee and Hot Air
"The coffee is hot", so why not " ... ?   (15 Jul 02)
97. Ask a Simple Question...
Though how you ask it is anything but   (1 Oct 02)
106. It Takes Two to Tango  
The delicate balance between some and any (15 Feb 03)
108. As You Read this Essay  
will slip in some new thoughts (15 Mar 03)
118. THROWING OUT a New Idea  
But without throwing the new idea out (15 Aug 03)
122. This Miniature's Interest  
The ways we use the possessive (15 Oct 03)
126. STOP TO SMELL the Roses  
But don't STOP SMELLING the roses (15 Dec 03)
131. Tempt you Into Pausing?

Persuasion leading 'into' its results (Mar 04)

134. The Orange Juice Seat
Or, the role of context in making sense (Jun 04)
136. THink THese THings THrough
The TH-spelling, sound and symbol
(Jul 04)
138. Explaining an Idea TO you
Acts like Telling an idea TO you. Or does it? (Aug 04)
145. Getting interested
How we talk about becoming some way 
(Feb 05)
148. Do WE Agree with This?
We find a world of possibilities in that 'we' (Mar 05)

151. "I'm parked out back"
Things are not always what they seem  (May 05)
161. We Ask that YOU BE Alert
Imagining what we think should happen
 (Dec 05)
164. You Might Could Read This
Some expressiveness in regional speech  (Feb 06)

168. The World Speaks English
So are other languages destined to disappear?
 (Jun 06)

170. A Preposition
Is a comfortable word to end a sentence with  (Aug 06)
174. A Think About it Essay
Another way we put words together  (Dec 06)

OUR ENGLISH VOCABULARY

11. And What's All This?  
'What a word means' is not all that simple (1 Mar 99)
14. When he Gazes at her, is she the Gazee?  
A simple suffix, but we communicate a lot with it (15 Apr 99)
23. The Commonest Word in the Language  
The social role of the word 'the' (1 Sep 99)
31. Do you Like this Cyberessay?
New words for the new century   (1 Jan 00)
50. Input for your Database
The human mind as just another computer   (15 Oct 00)
54. From Denim to Gauze
Words from everywhere on our tongues   (15 Dec 00)
57. "X Beats Y"
Synonyms on the sports pages   (1 Feb 01)
67. Reading and Writing Books  
The ancient beech tree in our lives (1 July 01)
80. Does This Contrast Contrast?
It matters which syllable gets the punch   (15 Jan 02)
84. Web Site Language Miniature Thoughts  
Understanding long noun compounds (15 Mar 02)
88. Read this with Bated ---
The cons and pros of clichs   (15 May 02)
98. Herr Weissgerber meets Ms. Wisecarver  
German names in America (15 Oct 02)
102. "That Literally Killed me"  
The elusiveness of word meanings (15 Dec 02)
106. It Takes Two to Tango  
The delicate balance between some and any (15 Feb 03)
113. Language, Grammar, Verb, Noun  
Word meanings do a lot of networking (1 Jun 03)

148. Do WE Agree with This?
We find a world of possibilities in that 'we' (Mar 05)

155. A Chaise Longue
is for lounging, right?  (July 05)

158. A hotto doggu or a hanbaaga?
English words clothed in foreign sounds  (Oct 05)
162. Language has its Powers
There are some words we often avoid saying  
(Jan 06)
169. This is a Suffixy Essay
A popular way of deriving an adjective  (July 06)
177. This Road is Remacadamized
The impartial give-and-take of languages  (Jan 07)


ENGLISH IN SOCIETY: USING THE LANGUAGE

4. If someone wants to disagree, they can 
Can we really all be using wrong grammar? (15 Nov 98)
11. And What's All This?  
'What a word means' is not all that simple (1 Mar 99)
21. There are Rules and 'Rules'
An idea to always fix your sights on   (1 Aug 99)
43. Driving Along, the House Appeared  
Participles that 'dangle' (1 Jul 00)
71. "Jeet Jet?"
How we think we talk and how we really talk   (1 Sep 01)
83. That 'American English' Sound
What we're doing with our pronunciation   (1 Mar 02)
124. Are Y'all Enjoying this One?  
A 'southernism' we all know (15 Nov 03)

151. "I'm parked out back"
Things are not always what they seem  (May 05)
161. We Ask that YOU BE Alert
Imagining what we think should happen
 (Dec 05)
162. Language has its Powers
There are some words we often avoid saying  
(Jan 06)
163. CamelCase
Or, a case of recent spelling inventiveness  (Feb 06)

164. You Might Could Read This
Some expressiveness in regional speech  (Feb 06)

168. The World Speaks English
So are other languages destined to disappear?
 (June 06)

169. This is a Suffixy Essay
A popular way of deriving an adjective  (July 06)

174. A Think About it Essay
Another way we put words together  (Dec 06)

SOME VARIETIES OF ENGLISH

2. Is 'Pidgin English' Just a Makeshift? 
A sophisticated bridge between languages (15 Oct 98)
7. Finnegans Wake English 
James Joyce's double focus (1 Jan 99)
12. Silent Eloquence  
The sophistication of American Sign Language (15 Mar 99)
15. "It ain't no cat can't get in no coop"  
The rich language of the inner city (1 May 99)
18. Curiouser and Curiouser  
The language world Alice blunders into (15 Jun 99)
19. British Left Waffles on Falklands  
Why do some headlines sound so funny? (1 Jul 99)
25. Why, That's Child's Play  
Learning a language without even trying   (1 Mar 00)
35. So Fah, Dahling, it's a Boah!
What we communicate with(out) R after vowel (1 Oct 99)
69. W8, dont UC?
The 'Text Messaging' script   (1 Aug 01)
93. What Part of the U.S. Are you From?  
Your speech is giving that away (1 Aug 02)

164. You Might Could Read This
Some expressiveness in regional speech  (Feb 06)

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MANY LANGUAGES

3. Whistling a Language 
Communication by speech melody alone (1 Nov 98)
9. Unpronounceable Sounds 
Every language has them - except English of course (1 Feb 99)
20. How Different can Languages be?  
The grammatical mosaic of Navajo (15 Jul 99)
42. The Riot Mushrooms  
Is "The Mushrooms Riot" the same thing? (15 Jun 00)
47. Cold Cuts Crowd in Deli  
Presenting grammatical personalities (1 Sep 00)
53. As to this Topic,  
All that follows is comment (1 Dec 00)
58. Signposts in Languages
Showing us what's where in the sentence   (15 Feb 01)
72. All of This is True  
But you'll have to take my word for it (15 Sep 01)

81. Pull Enough to Pull it off  
The 'core meaning' we sense in a word (1 Feb 02)

86. Eddies in the Speech Stream  
Exotic language sounds (15 Apr 02)

89. A Chat about THIS and THAT  
What people around the world point to (1 Jun 02)

101. TWO for the Price of ONE
Do some languages make superfluous distinctions? (1 Dec 02)

112. IN the Woods, ON the Lakes  
Expressing motion in location (15 May 03)

121. Are you Reading This?  
Imperfective and Perfective Aspect (1 Oct 03)
133. A Little Close Harmony
Sounds of a language 'echoing' each other (May 04)

143. No Hocus-Pocus Here!
Repeating a word or syllable
  (Dec 04)
152. Going to Read this?

Sign languages and that rise in the voice  (June 05)

154. My Wife-to-be, Ex-husband
But calling a person past or future??
 (July 05)
165. A Rock, a Fish, and Lee
Grammar and degrees of consciousness  (Mar 06)

166. Your own Bootstraps
Making use of the resources you already have
 (Apr 06)
167. The
Orangutan Makes Batik
Looking deeper than words into another language  (May 06)

172. The World through Other Eyes
Making distinctions we might not think of  (Oct 06)

173. Language Online
Finding your needle in a linguistic haystack (Nov 06)

176. Facing the Past
Time and space is an inescapable topic 
(Jan 07)

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

16. "We Call that Symbol '@' ", She Said  
What do you think she called it? (15 May 99)
20. How Different can Languages be?  
The grammatical mosaic of Navajo (15 Jul 99)
30. The Eskimos' 100 Words for Snow  
Why everybody seems to know this 'fact' (15 Dec 99)
39. Female Grammar  
Men's speech and women's speech (1 May 00)
44. My Dog Died on me  
Pronouns of 'caring' (15 Jul 00)
48. Just GIVE me a Minute
Expressing 'giving' in human societies   (15 Sep 00)
52. A POX on Them All!  
Diseases can make good cursing (15 Nov 00)  
66. Speech, Script, State
The colorful language garden of India   (15 Jun 01)
69. W8, dont UC?
The 'Text Messaging' script   (1 Aug 01)
72. All of This is True  
But you'll have to take my word for it (15 Sep 01)
77. Distance versus Solidarity  
The word 'you' and society's status lines (1 Dec 01)
79. The Language of Paradise
Myths of the confusion of tongues   (1 Jan 02)
99. Borrowers and Lenders
Languages enriching each other (1 Nov 02)
110. False Friends  
Looking the same isn't always meaning the same (15 Apr 03)
115. Our Language Symphony  
Many Americans speak not only English (1 Jul 03)
127. Languages Without Subtitles  
Understanding speakers 'not from here' (1 Jan 04)
130. My Language is my Identity  
But just what is "my language"? (15 Feb 04)
137. Armenian in Montana
The colorful new interactive language map (July 04)
144. An Hacienda in Colorado
Spanish is still alive (and well?) in the U.S.  (Jan 05)
147. 200 Now Learning Samoan
Americans and foreign languages
  (Mar 05)

149. A Fivesome of Numerals

Evidence for counting in the distant past  (Apr 05)
153. Rx: Words worth a lb of Au
or, Prescription: words worth a pound of gold  (June 05)

156. From Gaeilge to English
The Irish language in Ireland  (Aug 05)
157. Some Weighty Arguments
But how can something abstract be heavy?  (Sep 05)

159. Ear-only Conversations
The telephone and social interaction  (Nov 05)

160. Talking about Beliefs
The Alaskan Tlingit language today  (Nov 05)
165. A Rock, a Fish, and Lee
Grammar and degrees of consciousness  (Mar 06)

167. The Orangutan Makes Batik
Looking deeper than words into another language  (May 06)

172. The World through Other Eyes
Making distinctions we might not think of  (Oct 06)

175. Language and Thought
Inventing the one to shape the other  (Dec 06)

176. Facing the Past
Time and space is an inescapable topic 
(Jan 07)

LANGUAGES IN HISTORY

5. The Evolution of Language 
From communicating to imagining (1 Dec 98)
10. The Dodo's Fate 
How languages become extinct (15 Feb 99)
33. Understand You Not These Words?  
What 400 years can do in a language (1 Feb 00)
38. Siblings, Cousins, Ancestors ...  
Language families and the mists of time (15 Apr 00)
60. Me Tarzan, you Jane
Are there primitive languages around?   (15 Mar 01)
64. Appearances can be Deceiving  
Why we call two languages 'related' (15 May 01)
90. Brea en Griene Tsiis  
English really does have a "kissin' cousin" (15 Jun 02)
104. A Far-Removed Relative  
The Indo-European family tree revisited (15 Jan 03)
114. Hidden Treasures
Languages in (East) Central Asia   (15 Jun 03)
115. Our Language Symphony  
Many Americans speak not only English (1 Jul 03)
117. Mummified Language  
Concreteness in evaporated speech (1 Aug 03)
119. Latin and its Children  
Language change creating many from one (1 Sep 03)
129. Our Indo-European Ancestors  
The peoples who migrated from somewhere else (1 Feb 04)
149. A Fivesome of Numerals

Evidence for counting in the distant past  (Apr 05)
150. Orphans with no Families

Languages missing genetic relationships  (Apr 05)
177. This Road is Remacadamized
The impartial give-and-take of languages  (Jan 07)

178. The Language Machine
It wears out words and 'recycles' them  (Feb 07)

HOW LANGUAGE HAPPENS

25. Why, That's Child's Play
Learning a language without even trying   (1 Oct 99)
32. A Tower of Babel  
How many languages are there in the world? (15 Jan 00)
34. Language as a 'Lens'  
A kaleidoscope of different worlds? (15 Feb 00)
46. Bilinguals and the Brain  
Storing our language knowledge (15 Aug 00)
50. Input for your Database  
The human mind as just another computer (15 Oct 00)
62. Notions about Language  
A quick quiz on your thoughts (15 Apr 01)
63. EU Language Year 2001  
Celebrating diversity but with a hangover (1 May 01)
65. Human Language as a Virus
Are we infected with the need to symbolize?   (1 June 01)
66. Speech, Script, State
The colorful language garden of India   (15 Jun 01)
73. From CHINESE to IQUITO  
Giant languages (and tiny ones too) (1 Oct 01)
76. Your Language Escapes
Aphasia and what it reveals   (15 Nov 01)
78. "My Genes Made me Do it!"  
Genetic pathways in language (15 Dec 01)
94. A Linguistic Jigsaw Puzzle  
Languages in the Caucasus (15 Aug 02)
96. Harmony or Cacophony  
The Global Language System (15 Sep 02)
100. A Reflective Interlude  
What is 'the study of language' anyway? (15 Nov 02)
105. Speech and Written Image  
Visualizing the first but without the second (1 Feb 03)
114. Hidden Treasures
Languages in (East) Central Asia   (15 Jun 03)
116. A Good Essay if not the Best  
Maybe the best? Clearly not the best? (15 Jul 03)
120. The Words and the Message  
Do you always mean just what you say? (15 Sep 03)
123. Language is Human Behavior  
Using sounds and grammar to communicate (1 Nov 03)
125. A Tough Nut to Crack
Machine translation on the Web   (1 Dec 03)
127. Languages Without Subtitles  
Understanding speakers 'not from here' (1 Jan 04)
140. Reinventing Language?
Deaf children gesturing do it routinely
 (Oct 04)
141. Slips of the Tongue
What errors in speech reveal  (Nov 04)

142. Breaking New Ground
A sentence nobody has ever said before!  (Nov 04)
166. Your own Bootstraps
Making use of the resources you already have
 (Apr 06)

GRAMMAR: HOW LANGUAGE WORKS

2. Is 'Pidgin English' Just a Makeshift?
A sophisticated bridge between languages  (15 Oct 98)
17. It Really IS Time you Thought  
Of the present, the past and the future(1 Jun 99)  
22. Chinese, English, Navajo, Zulu ...
Is there anything they have in common?   (15 Aug 99)
24. 'Lie' and 'Lay' are Fraternal Twins
The causative relation between pairs of words   (15 Sep 99)
28. Nothing is Indispensable
Why all languages have their way of saying 'not'   (15 Nov 99)
40. The HERE and the NOW
But when is 'now', and where is 'here'?
(15 May 00)
42. The Riot Mushrooms  
Is "The Mushrooms Riot" the same thing?
(15 Jun 00)
45. Visible and Invisible  
Words and what gives them life (1 Aug 00)

49. This Essay is Redundant
The predictability in all languages   (1 Oct 00)
51. "In the Beginning was the VERB"
Actors and their roles in the sentence (1 Nov 00)

70. Odder, maybe the Oddest  
The many ways languages compare things (15 Aug 01)

87. YOULLMIXUPEVERYDAYWORDS  
How many words in the title? (1 May 02)

89. A Chat about THIS and THAT  
What people around the world point to (1 Jun 02)

103. "Pippil widda Eksent"  
People with an Accent, but how come? (1 Jan 03)

110. False Friends  
Looking the same isn't always meaning the same (15 Apr 03)

112. IN the Woods, ON the Lakes  
Expressing motion in location
(15 May 03)

16. A Good Essay if not the Best  
Maybe the best? Clearly not the best?
(15 Jul 03)

121. Are you Reading This?  
Imperfective and Perfective Aspect (1 Oct 03)
139. The Case for THE
The definite article around the world
 (Sept 04)

141. Slips of the Tongue
What errors in speech reveal  (Nov 04)
142. Breaking New Ground

A sentence nobody has ever said before!  (Nov 04)
143. No Hocus-Pocus Here!
Repeating a word or syllable
  (Dec 04)

148. Do WE Agree with This?
We find a world of possibilities in that 'we' (Mar 05)
154. My Wife-to-be, Ex-husband
But calling a person past or future??
 (July 05)
165. A Rock, a Fish, and Lee
Grammar and degrees of consciousness  (Mar 06)
167. The Orangutan Makes Batik
Looking deeper than words into another language  (May 06)

170. A Preposition
Is a comfortable word to end a sentence with  (Aug 06)
172. The World through Other Eyes
Making distinctions we might not think of  (Oct 06)

OTHER THINGS ABOUT LANGUAGE

16. "We Call that Symbol '@' ", She Said  
What do you think she called it?
(15 May 99)
26. Let me Write that Down  
A technological marvel we take for granted (15 Oct 99)
27. Speaking is 'Body Language'  
Punctuating sentences with the eyebrows
(1 Nov 99)
29. A Verbal Seesaw  
Our daily socialization in conversations (1 Dec 99)
36. "Computer: Go do it!"  
Speech recognition by machine (15 Mar 00)
41. Do you Speak Logic?  
An invented language wit
h an attitude
(1 Jun 00)

46. Bilinguals and the Brain  
Storing our language knowledge
(15 Aug 00)
59. At a Loss for Words  
The bilingual dictionary: which meaning? (1 Mar 01)

63. EU Language Year 2001  
Celebrating diversity but with a hangover (1 May 01)

75. Chinese Writing
What they see in those characters   (1 Nov 01)

76. Your Language Escapes
Aphasia and what it reveals   (15 Nov 01)

82. Voices from the Past
Inferring pronunciations of long ago   (15 Feb 02)

91. Machines and Human Language  
Why do they still translate so clumsily? (1 Jul 02)  

107. Speech Made Visible
The writing palette of the world's languages   (1 Mar 03)

111. Point-and-Click English  

Translation in the palm of your hand (1 May 03)

120. The Words and the Message  
Do you always mean just what you say? (15 Sep 03)

125. A Tough Nut to Crack
Machine translation on the Web   (1 Dec 03)

128. Hands-on Language  
A museum for the very young (15 Jan 04)

132. Talking and the Mists of Time
Future generations hearing how we sound (Apr 04)
135. How Humans Learn Words
Can apes, dolphins, even dogs do it too? (June 04)
137. Armenian in Montana
The colorful new interactive language map (July 04)
146. CA's LAX Gets an A

The alphabet and unique designation  (Feb 05)
147. 200 Now Learning Samoan

Americans and foreign languages
  (Mar 05)
149. A Fivesome of Numerals

Evidence for counting in the distant past  (Apr 05)
150. Orphans with no Families

Languages missing genetic relationships  (Apr 05)

152. Going to Read this?
Sign languages and that rise in the voice  (June 05)
153. Rx: Words worth a lb of Au
or, Prescription: words worth a pound of gold  (June 05)
156. From Gaeilge to English
The Irish language in Ireland  (Aug 05)
157. Some Weighty Arguments
But how can something abstract be heavy?  (Sep 05)
159. Ear-only Conversations
The telephone and social interaction  (Nov 05)

171. Animals Can’t Use Words
But are some able to name themselves?  (Sep 06)

173. Language Online
Finding your needle in a linguistic haystack (Nov 06)

175. Language and Thought
Inventing the one to shape the other  (Dec 06)

178. The Language Machine
It wears out words and 'recycles' them  (Feb 07)

APRIL FOOL!

13. Politically Incorrect English  
A neutral language for the Internet (1 Apr 99)
37. Catty Remarks  
New evidence for animal speech (1 Apr 00)
61. The Tower of Babel  
Is there a reality behind the story? (1 Apr 01)
85. A Verbal Time Machine  
Listening in to the echoes of the past (1 Apr 02)
109. A Visionary Language  
Where the sole reality lies in the future (1 Apr 03)