Understanding Pashto

Benedicte Grima Santry spent years in the remote reaches of Afghanistan and Pakistan. What she learned—and now teaches—is invaluable, especially in the wake of 9/11.

Continental Drift

In his latest work, an atlas of North American English, Penn sociolinguist Bill Labov shows that we are talking more differently from one another.


More than a half century after he nearly dropped out of Penn, Noam Chomsky towers over the field of linguistics and the politics of dissent. What would have happened if he hadn't met Zellig Harris?