All of these have a linguistics angle. I have written other things on linguistics, especially in the first few years, but these will do.
Half Syllables and Barrow-Wights. February 2007
The Actual Influence of Black English - Part One. As far as I can tell, there never was a part two. I don't know what I was thinking. February 2006
A Note on Peace. August 2007
Permission to Not Understand Shakespeare. January 2007