Strong language has a unique place in linguistics.
Charles Dickens' characters are famous for their elaborate, often hilarious names. Even for bit parts, Dickens' naming conventions were linguistically rich.
Many whimsically named regional foods focus instead on telling a story that often sounds neither delicious nor sophisticated. How do such odd names stick?
Studies have shown that anthropomorphizing not only helps us learn. It also serves a social function, helping us feel connected.
Understanding the phenomenon known as "verbing"--where nouns are turned into verbs.
How politicians use language to manipulate the public and sway them toward particular world-views.
Inspired by the Gretchen famous line in the film Mean Girls, Chi Luu explores how politicians mobilize language to sway public opinion.