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Humanities Libertexts

Theme: Language and Writing

  • Page ID
    • “Assassination and the American Language” by Elliot Ackerman
    • “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” by James Baldwin
    • “Why We Need to Stop Calling Powerful Women ‘Bitches’” by Jessica Bennett
    • “Lost in Translation” by Lera Boroditsky
    • “The Creepy Language Tricks Taco Bell Uses to Fool People Into Eating There” by Keira Butler
    • “The Genius of Robert Walser” by J.M. Coetzee
    • “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass
    • “The Book Lady of Kabul” by J. Malcolm Garcia
    • “On Not Writing” by Bill Hayes
    • “When the King Saved God” by Christopher Hitchens
    • “What’s Really Going on With the Word ‘Thug’ – and Why I’m Not Ready to Let it Go” by Maisha Z. Johnson
    • “Words” by Tony Judt
    • “The Day Language Came Into My Life” by Helen Keller
    • “The Lost Art of the Unsent Angry Letter” by Maria Konnikova
    • “Trading Stories: Notes from an Apprenticeship” by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • “Talk the Talk” by Eric C. Miller
    • “The Novel’s Evil Tongue” by Cynthia Ozick
    • “Obscenity Rap” by Geoffrey Nunberg [note: explicit language]
    • “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell
    • “What the F***?: Why We Curse” by Steven Pinker [note: explicit language]
    • “Fifty Years of Stupid Grammar Advice” by Geoffrey K. Pullum
    • “Tangential Divagation: Notes of an Immigrant Daughter” by Melissa R. Sipin
    • “Ain’t That the Truth: Webster’s Third, the Most Controversial Dictionary in the English Language” by David Skinner
    • “The Ways of Silencing” by Jason Stanley
    • “Why I Blog” by Andrew Sullivan
    • “Losing the Language of Silence” by Lou Ann Walker
    • “Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense” by Raphael Zanuttini
    • “Chunking” by Ben Zimmer
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