Geoff Pullum

Geoff Pullum is professor of general linguistics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.

Lexicon Valley
Aug. 11 2014 11:50 AMHow Reasonable Is the Ape Language in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Not Very.
Lexicon Valley
Feb. 19 2014 10:37 AMThis Pronoun Will Make You Irresistible to Women
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 4 2013 3:03 PMOlympic Diver Tom Daley Comes Out in Favor of Singular They
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 9 2013 10:43 AMThe Economist Should Lighten Up and Split Some Infinitives
Lexicon Valley
March 11 2014 11:31 AMThe Ridiculous Phrases That Universities Have Trademarked
Lexicon Valley
Jan. 16 2014 12:30 PMWhy Do Dictionaries Insist That Because Is a Conjunction? It Is Not.
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 29 2013 4:05 PMCNN: Not Anybody Who Doesn't Think It Won't. Huh?



The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer


Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.


Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The Slate Quiz
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
Oct. 23 2014 11:47 PM Don’t Just Sit There How to be more productive during your commute.
  Health & Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.