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The Kekulé Problem

Where did language come from?

The Strange Persistence of First Languages

After my father died, my journey of rediscovery began with the Czech language.

Why Red Means Red in Almost Every Language

The confounding consistency of color categories.

Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense

What the Bard can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind.

The Family That Couldn’t Say Hippopotamus

The origins of language are not what inherited disorders seemed to suggest.

20 Ways to See the Light

The meaning of light through history in science, religion, philosophy, and culture.

The Secret Language of Tennis Champions

How identical twins Mike and Bob Bryan serve science.

Cracking Avatar’s Language Codes

A fictional language makes the jump to reality.

Fame for 23 Words is 15,000 Years Overdue

The search for our linguistic DNA.