Adam Cooper studied linguistics at Brandeis University and The University of Chicago. Since 2010, he has been working with The Endangered Language Alliance in New York City on documentation and preservation projects.
Lee's General Order No. 9, an address to his troops one day after the surrender that effectively ended The Civil War, contains vocabulary that conveys just how long and bitter the battle had been, and communicates both Lee's gratitude and uncertainty. Continue reading...
Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with one of the gifts the Irish gave us which we enjoy all year round — the gift of words. Continue reading...
Presidents' Day allows us to put politics aside for awhile and celebrate the personalities that held the highest office in the land. There is perhaps no greater reflection of those personalities that the words they are credited with introducing or making popular. Continue reading...
Revisiting a handful of historic inaugural addresses from pivotal moments in U.S. history helps frame the purpose of this national event. Continue reading...
Dr. King's words evoke connections and resonate with readers decades after they were first written. We explore his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" through the lens of its literary merits. Continue reading...
Technically speaking, the Presidential Inauguration only refers to when the president-elect takes the oath of office. It is important to keep in mind that the peaceful transition of power in this country rests on a few powerful words. Continue reading...
Besides college football, New Year's Eve toasts and a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne at midnight, the other New Year's tradition is the New Year's resolution. Here's a look at the lexical mysteries surrounding some of the holiday's traditions. Continue reading...
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