John Gordon Ross

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Language Stuff

Almost everyone uses language, so inevitably almost everyone thinks they are an expert in it. I don’t consider myself an expert, though most of my work requires at least language competence and sometimes actual skill, but I do follow the blogs featured on this feeds page.

(If you are wondering where the translation-related feeds have all gone, I have put them on their own page.)

Most of the blogs represented here are in English, most of the time, but don’t be surprised to find other languages used. Go with the flow – I occasionally find myself pleasantly surprised at how much I can grasp in languages I have never seen before.

Language On the Net

languagehat.com » THE QWERTY NON-EFFECT.

Thursday 15 March 23:43:24 UTC 2012

I've been ignoring the whole minifuror over the recent Atlantic article "The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language!" by Rebecca J. Rosen, and the paper by Kyle Jasmin and Daniel Casasanto it was based on, because it was (to my mind) so self-evidently silly it didn't bear thinking about, much less writing about. (The idea, in case you … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Dialect, vernacular, patois?

Thursday 15 March 17:33:45 UTC 2012

The other I found quite an interesting article about Shanghainese which suggest that’s it has become a bit more popular recently, and is being used for some announcements in public transport and on planes, and that children are allowed to speak it at one school, at least during breaks. The article says that about 10 million people in Shanghai speak … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » skinny fat

Thursday 15 March 7:30:00 UTC 2012

This is when you look skinny but you have an untoned body. a.k.a. the stomach area J: Yo that girl is hot! Moe: Guy what are you talkin' bout, that girl is skinny fat! [Link]

Language Log » Santorum on English as the primary language of Puerto Rico

Thursday 15 March 2:01:13 UTC 2012

"Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood", Reuters 3/14/2012: Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution. Santorum traveled to the U.S. territory to campaign ahead of the island's Republican primary … [Link]

Language Log » Double lie toe tease

Thursday 15 March 1:56:05 UTC 2012

From Larry Horn, an example of triple negation found in Chad Harbach's 2011 novel, The Art of Fielding. As discussed in "Newt's not not engaging", 12/11/2011, Larry has previously argued that in some cases "double negatives may fail to completely cancel out, instead amounting to a weaker positive than their target would have provided". In his latest find, the triple … [Link]

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