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 » The Imperious Criterion of Meaning

Saturday 19 August 23:33:19 UTC 2017

Patrick Radden Keefe, "Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washingon", The New Yorker 8/28/2017, mentions the title of Icahn's Princeton senior thesis: In 1960, after studying philosophy at Princeton (where he wrote a thesis titled “The Problem of Formulating an Adequate Explication of the Empiricist Criterion of Meaning”) and a stint in medical school (he was a hypochondriac, which did not … [Link]

languagehat.com » Pomyalovsky‘s Molotov.

Saturday 19 August 20:25:11 UTC 2017

A couple of months ago I reported on Nikolai Pomyalovsky’s Мещанское счастье [Bourgeois happiness]; now I’m on the sequel, Молотов [Molotov]. Forewarned by my earlier experience, I decided to post about this one before it went off the rails; now, halfway through, the plot is about to kick in (a father is going to force his daughter to marry a … [Link]

Language Log » The power and the lactulose

Saturday 19 August 15:58:14 UTC 2017

The so-called Free Speech Rally that's about to start in Boston will probably be better attended, both by supporters and opponents, than the one that was organized by same group back in May. But some of the featured speakers at the May rally, including "Augustus Invictus", have decided not to attend today's rerun. So I listened to the YouTube copy … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Duolingo online

Saturday 19 August 10:30:23 UTC 2017

Duolingo logo I’ve been studying Russian, Swedish and Romanian with Duolingo for the past four months using the app on my phone. I knew you could also study online, but have only just discovered that the online version includes notes on grammar. These are very helpful, and I’ll be going through them all. The notes don’t appear to be included in the … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » blessed from behind

Saturday 19 August 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Your ass is huge. "Damn girl you are blessed from behind" [Link]

Language Log » Learning languages is so much easier now

Saturday 19 August 2:38:15 UTC 2017

If you use the right tools, that is, as explained in this Twitter thread from Taylor ("Language") Jones. A brief thread on how kids have it (in this case, language learning) easier these days. When I first studied Chinese in college… 1/ — Language Jones (@languagejones) August 17, 2017 Rule number 1: Use all the electronic tools at your disposal. … [Link]

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