Marianne Hirsch began her presidency of the Modern Language Assocation last January, just months before the release of a report to Congress by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences defending the value of a liberal arts education at a time of reduced humanities funding and waning studen

John McWhorter

John McWhorter may be best known for his magazine and newspaper writing about race, but the Philadelphia native is at heart a dyed-in-the-wool academic whose first inkling that he would spend his life studying languages came when he was still a preschooler and heard someone speaking a fore

Student participates in live, two-way videoconference during Tamil language class

More than 90 percent of U.S. foreign language students, from K-12 through university, study one of the Big Four—French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Last May a 52-year-old University custodian received his B.A. in classics after arriving in the United States knowing hardly any English.

Spoken language expert Julia Hirschberg has received a nearly $1.5 million grant to study deception in speech across cultures.

Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Better be careful about telling a lie to