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.


Thursday 29 March 23:42:37 UTC 2012

Arika Okrent (LH's favorite invented-language maven) alerted me to the latest issue of Lapham's Quarterly, whose theme is "Means of Communication." Not only does it have her own piece, "Body Language" ("From the wave to the shrug to the digitus impudicus, Arika Okrent breaks down the history and the subtleties of the ways we gesture"), which I urge you to … [Link]

Language Log » Intelligent lack of design

Thursday 29 March 20:56:27 UTC 2012

The most recent Scenes From a Multiverse cleverly combines the intelligent design controversy with (an indirect form of) the Cretan liar's paradox: [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Rosetta Stoned

Thursday 29 March 7:30:00 UTC 2012

One who gets so high that he or she begins to speak in a foreign language. Beth got so Rosetta Stoned last night she could effectively communicate with the cab driver! [Link]

Language Log » Pen|is broken. Please use finger.

Thursday 29 March 3:32:36 UTC 2012

Under the rubric "Kerning 101: I rest my case on the importance of spacing", Toni Tan, Director of Cambria Press, sent me this photograph: The source of the photograph is the Facebook feed of Star Trek's George Takei. One of his fans sent it to him. Truly, "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the … [Link]


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