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

Language Log » Neuroscience

Monday 2 April 15:23:43 UTC 2012

Ferris Jabr reports on a press conference where neuroscientists try to come to terms with some of the problems in their discipline that we've covered over the past few years ("Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking About, Either", Scientific American 4/1/2012): "Rorschach Science", 8/12/2005 "The Agatha Christie Code: Stylistics, serotonin, and the oscillation overthruster", 12/26/2005 "David Brooks, … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Turds With Friends

Monday 2 April 7:30:00 UTC 2012

Playing the popular online game Words With Friends….while going to the bathroom. Everytime I go to the bathroom, I bring my cell phone so I can catch up on my Turds with Friends games. [Link]

languagehat.com » ODNAKO.

Monday 2 April 0:26:51 UTC 2012

I was aware of Chukchi jokes, and I was aware that (to quote that Wikipedia article) "A propensity for constantly saying 'odnako' — equivalent to 'however' depending on context — is a staple of Chukcha jokes," but I was surprised to read this at the end of Asya Pereltsvaig's post on Chukchis and their history:Curiously, these Russian jokes fairly accurately … [Link]

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