A Portable History of the Language

Archive from 7/16/07 – It’s often said that the English language is the hardest to learn. What makes English so strange and why does it seem that the language was created without any plan or rules? We talked last month with Seth Lerer, Avalon Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and author of “Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language” (Columbia, 2007).