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

languagehat.com » Bungaroosh.

Thursday 24 August 18:45:02 UTC 2017

Working my way through my stack of TLSs, I’ve reached Dec. 11, 2015, and the letters section included this, which naturally caught my attention: Sir, — Rachel Bowlby, reviewing Bernard Harrison’s What Is Fiction For? (December 4), says it “feels like a bit of critical bungaloo (that’s 1980s Brighton lingo for the assortment of filler materials used by cowboy builders)”. … [Link]

Language Log » La septième fonction du langage

Thursday 24 August 12:39:52 UTC 2017

Laurent Binet, La septième fonction du langage — The seventh function of language. This looks like an interesting book — pulp meta-fiction featuring Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Umberto Eco, Noam Chomsky, Louis Althusser, Paul de Man, Jean-François Lyotard, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, John Searle, Morris Zapp, Gayatri Spivak, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Julia Kristeva, Philippe Sollers, Jacques Lacan, Camille Paglia, and more. … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » rectangle time

Thursday 24 August 7:00:00 UTC 2017

The time of day when people in an obviously social setting instead choose to pull out their smart phones and have some time alone with their "rectangle". The term can also apply to other electronics, such as computers, iPads, etc. "Having some rectangle time there, I see" she said to Luke, as he stared at the phone screen while sitting … [Link]

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