The Language of the Future by Henry Hitchings – A fascinating look at how English is mutating as it becomes the world’s lingua franca.
The Interpreter by John Colapinto – Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
Vowel Movement by Rob Mifsud – How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Writing Right by Jared Diamond – “Some written languages are a precise reflection of a people’s speech, while others, like english, are a complete mess. Is this alphabetical evolution? Or the unequal application of logic to literacy?”
How I learned a language in 22 hours by Joshua Foer – How a new App could help you learn a language in a day.
What the F***? – Why we curse
Say No More by Jack Hitt – “Linguists now estimate that half of the more than 6,000 languages currently spoken in the world will become extinct by the end of this century.”
Politics and the English Language by George Orwell – The political and economic causes of “the decline of language”
Utopian for Beginners by Joshua Foer – An amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.
A Linguistic Big Bang by Lawrence Osborne – “For the first time in history, scholars are witnessing the birth of a language, a complex sign system being created by deaf children in Nicaragua.”
Seeing at the Speed of Sound by Rachel Kolb – Surrounded by hearing people all the time, my only option has been to adapt, and lipreading is the skill that I have practiced most.