Rod Dreher

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Posts tagged “language”

Language & Moral Relativism

A principle that meets resistance when spoken in one language may be more acceptable in another

Posted September 16th, 2016

Found In Translation

What Jhumpa Lahiri learned about herself through learning Italian

Posted December 1st, 2015

Losing the Language of Christianity

The Benedict Option as a ‘nest’ to preserve the dying ‘language’ that is Christianity

Posted March 30th, 2015

The Dead Speak A Dead Language

Joseph Luzzi reflects beautifully on what was lost when his immigrant father …

Posted June 26th, 2014

Why Do Some Languages Sound More Beautiful?

Bernd Brunner, a native German speaker, is unhappy that so many people …

Posted March 11th, 2014

Why Learn French?

Linguist John McWhorter doesn’t see the point of studying French anymore. There …

Posted February 3rd, 2014

Language Makes Culture, Culture Makes Language

The Dante translator John Ciardi wrote this little poem as a reflection …

Posted January 13th, 2014

Language, Literature, & The Genie’s Wish

I’ve finished reading a review copy the Cambridge scholar Prue Shaw’s forthcoming …

Posted December 30th, 2013

No Such Thing As Bad English?

Yale’s Grammatical Diversity Project is examining regional deviations from standard American English, …

Posted August 9th, 2013

The Miracle Of Hebrew

John Podhoretz is in Israel, and reflects on the miracle of Hebrew’s …

Posted August 7th, 2013

North, South/Black, White

Commenter “K” left this on the Paula Deen thread. I thought it …

Posted June 25th, 2013

To Fall In Love With Another Language

A lovely meditation by Ta-Nehisi Coates on studying French abroad as a …

Posted May 23rd, 2013

The Dog Of His Day

From an interesting interview with Sam Garrett, an American living in Amsterdam …

Posted March 31st, 2013

Losing Your Language

Today in the grocery store I ran into Madame L., a French …

Posted December 1st, 2012

‘Homophobia’ No Longer Exists

… in the Associated Press Stylebook, anyway. An AP official explains:  “Homophobia …

Posted November 29th, 2012

Brits, Southerners, & the ‘Please’ Divide

Peter K. sends linguist Lynne Murphy’s post about the difference between the …

Posted August 20th, 2012

The Language Instinct

From Robert Lane Greene’s “Five Books” interview on The Browser: On to …

Posted July 10th, 2012