"'Far from the Madding Gerund' is exuberant, tart, and totally addictive." -- Jan Freeman, language columnist, The Boston Globe
"Far from the Madding Gerund" is exuberant, tart, and totally addictive. -- Jan Freeman, language columnist, The Boston Globe
"Liberman and Pullum cleverly dismantle the sturdiest language myths." -- Nathan Bierma, On Language columnist, Chicago Tribune
"This is a lively and insightful collection of observations about language, from real language mavens." -- Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct
"With 'Madding Gerund' and Language Log, descriptivists have finally found articulate, entertaining, and often acerbic champions." -- Robert Lane Greene, Slate
Liberman and Pullum cleverly dismantle the sturdiest language myths. -- Nathan Bierma, On Language columnist, Chicago Tribune
“Opinionated, clever and intelligent, this assortment of pieces is entertaining and enlightening.” -- Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
“Think of it as a bathroom book for wordsmiths and literary gossip hounds.” -- Ellen Heltzel, Critical Mass
“With its witty, stylish writing, the book is even better than I thought it would be.” -- Katie Haegele, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“With ‘Madding Gerund’ and Language Log, descriptivists have finally found articulate, entertaining, and often acerbic champions.” -- Robert Lane Greene, Slate
About the Author
Mark Liberman was expelled from Harvard for anti-war protest activities and for two years had to earn his living as a soldier in Vietnam. Linguistics saved him. He earned a Ph.D. at MIT, worked in computational linguistics at Bell Labs, and today is Trustee Professor of Phonetics in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Geoff Pullum was a high school dropout in England and for five years had to earn his living playing in rock bands. Linguistics saved him. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of York and a Ph.D. at the University of London, and today is Professor of Linguistics and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The thing is, Mark and Geoff both believe that linguistics can save you, too. Start by reading this book.