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 » Molotov: The Summing Up.

Wednesday 23 August 19:46:53 UTC 2017

In my earlier post about Pomyalovsky’s novel Молотов [Molotov], I wrote that I wanted to post about it before it went off the rails; now that I’ve finished it, I’m happy to report that my fears were groundless and that it never did fall apart as his first one did. It’s not a masterpiece, mind you; that would be a … [Link]

Language Log » Ask Language Log: splittism and separatism

Wednesday 23 August 15:32:18 UTC 2017

From Elijah Z. Granet: I am an avid reader of Language Log, and am writing with a question that has puzzled me for sometime, and which, as far as I can tell, has never been addressed. I would be quite grateful if you could spare a moment of your valuable time to help me figure out this odd occurrence. I … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Once upon a time …

Wednesday 23 August 12:09:33 UTC 2017

Once upon a time ... happily every after. Folk tales in English traditionally start with the phrase “Once upon a time”, “A long time ago” or “There was once a …”, or something similar. This might be followed by “in a land far, far away”, and possibly “there lived a …”. They often end with the phrase “… and they lived happily every after”, or something similar. At … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » I'm gonna Trump today.

Wednesday 23 August 7:00:00 UTC 2017

I can't Trump today means to blow off all responsibilities and go play golf. Fuck work,I'm gonna Trump today. [Link] » BBC Pidgin Language Service.

Wednesday 23 August 0:47:50 UTC 2017

Monica Mark reports: On Monday, BBC World Service launched a Pidgin service, unveiling a website and radio bulletins that will run entirely in the lingua franca spoken across West Africa. It’s the BBC’s biggest expansion in 40 years, and means the broadcaster will join the ranks of local stations that already reach audiences of millions through speaking Pidgin — a … [Link]


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