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A new edition of The First English Dictionary of Slang is a saucy survey of the rogue jargon of the late seventeenth century.
Is there a human language without birdsong in it?
Has any book had a greater influence on the English language than the Bible?
How much does language tell us what to see, and hence what to think?
How and why do we use things like codes, jokes and slang to mask our meanings?
Is bilingualism a sign of vitality, or the gradual takeover of one language by another?
In an information economy, tiny asymmetries in language comprehension translate into vast profits--and large-scale collapses.
Conlangs often succeed only in stripping language of its surprise.
Is the history of English really the history of adult learners of a second language?