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 » Colonialism or gas

Sunday 13 August 20:19:15 UTC 2017

The last three panels of Dumbing of Age for 8/10/2017, featuring Danny and Sal: Mouseover text: "They have a similar smell." What I wrote about g-dropping a dozen years ago ("The internet pilgrim's guide to g-dropping", 5/10/2004): In fact, there is no "g" involved at all, except in the spelling. Final -ng (in English spelling) stands for a velar nasal, … [Link]

Language Log » "Nephew-nazi"

Sunday 13 August 19:51:04 UTC 2017

When the White House issued a statement that finally condemned white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville this weekend, the version that was originally released had an unusual typo: "nephew-nazi" for "neo-Nazi": The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, nephew-nazi … [Link]

Language Log » Brooks on biological sexism

Sunday 13 August 12:00:26 UTC 2017

David Brooks recently argued that James Damore's anti-gender-diversity memo was right, and that Google was wrong to fire him ("Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.", NYT 8/11/2017), giving us another example of Mr. Brooks' long-standing fascination with pseudo-scientific justifications of gender and ethnic stereotypes. The best evaluation of Damore's memo that I've seen is Yonatan Zunger, "So, about this … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » freaky paragraphs

Sunday 13 August 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Freaky paragraphs is when you ask your bf/gf write sexy shit to you about what they want to do to you Babe I want a freaky paragraphs [Link]

Omniglot blog » Language quiz

Sunday 13 August 5:30:15 UTC 2017

Language quiz image Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken? [Link]

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