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August 21, 2018
In Kerry Soper’s new book, “Gary Larson and The Far Side,” the BYU comparative arts and letters professor discusses the comic’s complex and strange humor, artistic variance from the norms of its day and impact on modern alternative comedy.
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November 01, 2017
A BYU linguistics professor is exploring the ways companies use myth and storytelling to foster unity and support during times of change.

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October 04, 2017
New BYU research shows that when it comes to receiving bad news, most people prefer directness, candor and very little — if any — buffer.

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January 23, 2017
Inspired by Tolkien, Dirk Elzinga created his own language as a teenager. That dabbling eventually led to a career as a linguist: one who is documenting a trio of endangered Native American languages.

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December 07, 2016
Martine Leavitt was reading Calvin and Hobbes one rainy day when the thought occurred to her that nowadays Calvin might be diagnosed with having schizophrenia.

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October 06, 2016
Humanities students Rachel Lott and Jamie Clegg felt honored when the women realized they were among only 10 Arabic language finalists chosen from students worldwide to address a United Nations General Assembly.

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September 20, 2016
As a young missionary in Japan, Professor Van C. Gessel jokingly admits he was guilty of some cultural confusion. But now he's one of a select number of non-Japanese citizens to be commended for promoting cultural understanding. 

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September 01, 2016
If you've ever wondered how your writing style compares to the literary greats, the Essay Genome Project can help you find your place. Submit your writing to the project and receive personalized feedback about your writing style.

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January 15, 2016
In the Andes and Amazon Field School, a BYU team is learning and preserving the Quichua language and culture. See this stunning photo essay

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January 06, 2016
What makes age-old fairy tales stand the test of time? BYU English professor and folklorist Jill Terry Rudy has the answer. She's written the book on the prevalence of fairy tales in modern television shows.

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