Category Archives: Book

“What is English?” at the 92nd Street Y, November 9th

I’m very excited to be addressing the small topic "What is English?" at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan next Tuesday, November 9th. The event is near-full, but there are still some tickets available, so if you’re interested, get them … Continue reading

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You Are What You Speak audio on ABC (Australia)

I read aloud most of the preface of You Are What You Speak for Australia’s ABC radio and the outstanding Lingua Franca program. This is the most personal part of the book, the stories of my father and grandfather. It … Continue reading

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“Talk the Talk” podcast on You Are What You Speak

I had a great chat with Daniel Midgely of Australia’s "Talk The Talk", well timed for the Australian publication of You Are What You Speak. (It’s the 9/26/11 "Are you a grammar grouch?" edition).

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Language and Thought at The Economist’s “Human Potential” conference

A brief talk I gave to the Economist’s September conference on "Human Potential", looking at the myths and facts around the interplay of language and the mind.  

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New Books Podcast on You Are What You Speak

I had a nice long interview with Cat Davies, of Kent and Cambridge Universities, on the ideas in You Are What You Speak, and what made me want to write the book. The interview is part of the the New … Continue reading

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A radio Tuesday: All Things Considered and WYPR Baltimore

Yesterday NPR aired my "Three Books for the Grammar Lover in Your Life" piece during PM drive-time, thus subjecting the world to my version of "radio voice".  For those looking for something a little more spontaneous, Dan Rodricks and I … Continue reading

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“Slip of the Tongue”: the New York Post on You Are What You Speak

Brad Parks:  "When I began writing for newspapers, it vexed me that editors felt compelled to change phrases like ‘I am often annoyed by copy editors’ to ‘I often am annoyed by copy editors.’ Nor could I understand why simple … Continue reading

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You Are What You Speak in the Seattle Times

"If you like language, and aren’t a snob about it, you might want to read Robert Lane Greene’s new book. It’s titled ‘You Are What You Speak.’ I read it last month and get reminded of it every day by … Continue reading

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More Intelligent Life, “Nerds and nags”

"I’ve long been the office language nerd. This isn’t a terribly distinguished position. Every office has at least one person who proof-reads with extra zeal, striking out "between you and I" with three slashes of the pen rather than the … Continue reading

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Language and the mind

Over at The Browser, I recommend five very different books on language and the mind: on the language instinct, linguistic relativity, evolution of language, artificial languages and bilingual fiction writers.

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