Thomas Moore Devlin
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Articles by Thomas
The United States Of Accents: New Orleans And Cajun English

The United States Of Accents: New Orleans And Cajun English

In this edition, we talk about the accents found in southern Louisiana and the immigrants who brought them there.
The 7 Foreign-Language Songs That Have Topped The US Charts

The 7 Foreign-Language Songs That Have Topped The US Charts

The Billboard Hot 100 has kept track of the top songs in the United States for over 60 years, but rarely does a foreign-language song make it to number one.
Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Living Between Countries And Languages: Book Review Of Elaine Castillo’s ‘America Is Not The Heart’

Elaine Castillo’s debut novel is a touching story about a Filipino-American family, and it doesn’t shy away from using the character’s native languages.
7 Places In The World Where Natural Beauty Is Being Defended

7 Places In The World Where Natural Beauty Is Being Defended

The world is filled with awe-inspiring views and rich biodiversity. Here are just a few places that have been protected by conservation efforts.
How To Figure Out Grammatical Gender In A New Language

How To Figure Out Grammatical Gender In A New Language

When your mother tongue is English, grammatical gender can be one of the toughest challenges in a new language.
6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard

6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard

We spoke with Eddie Izzard about using language to connect with people, translating comedy and, at one point, human sacrifice.
6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard: Transcript

6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard: Transcript

For our latest interview, we talked to a comedian who is famous for performing in multiple languages (and also famous for a lot of other things).
Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

New technologies may be able to decipher the Voynich manuscript, a strange book that has baffled researchers for decades.
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Italian?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Italian?

Test your knowledge of Italian language trivia. You don’t have to know how to speak it, but you do need to know its history.
Babbel On: March 2018 Language News Roundup

Babbel On: March 2018 Language News Roundup

US language learning declines, France announces plans to spread the French language and more from the world of language this past month.