No language instinct

How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way…
How humanity learned to speak. A language organ? No. A language instinct? No. Our need to cooperate was what paved the way… [More]

IAI: Videos on Wittgenstein, Time, and the Mind

Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind
Three new videos by IAI feature topics on Wittgenstein on nonsense, a debate the nature of time, and Ted Honderich discussing the nature of mind [More]

How to Speak Money

The new chasm is not between science and art but between those who speak the language of money and those who don’t. John Lanchester explains…
The new chasm is not between science and art but between those who speak the language of money and those who don’t. John Lanchester explains… [More]

Self and Orwell

George Orwell was an “old-fashioned authoritarian” about the English language, says Will Self, imposing his rules and stifling the creativity of others…
George Orwell was an “old-fashioned authoritarian” about the English language, says Will Self, imposing his rules and stifling the creativity of others… [More]

The Language Hoax

Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists…
Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists… [More]

Language hoax

The discredited notion that language determines thought refuses to die. John McWhorter wants to settle the matter once and for all…
The discredited notion that language determines thought refuses to die. John McWhorter wants to settle the matter once and for all… [More]

Without Compunction

In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes…
In which an inveterate punster, after a lifetime of wordplay, enters the Pun-Off World Championships. And completely chokes… [More]

Herta Müller’s Language of Resistance

What happens when Communist censors strip a text of the word “suitcase”? And instead of “coffin” insist on “earth furniture”? A strange poetry…
What happens when Communist censors strip a text of the word “suitcase”? And instead of “coffin” insist on “earth furniture”? A strange poetry… [More]

IAI Interview: Logic and the Linguistic Turn

Michael Potter is Professor of Logic in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1989. His forthcoming book, Wittgenstein 1916, will be a study of Wittgenstein's views on ethics and religion during the First World War, during the time he was writing his famous Tractatus. Our friends at IAI spoke to him about Wittgenstein, the linguistic turn and the importance of logic to the study of language. [More]

Battle for the English language

Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English…
Do you use “one” as a pronoun for an impersonal subject? Avoid hyphens? We’re gaga for grammar, but relativism is spoiling Standard English… [More]