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 » Beyond the zombies: How we might get out of the science publication disaster

Monday 28 August 19:45:14 UTC 2017

This is a guest post by Martin Haspelmath, building on our continuing coverage of Open Access in linguistics. By now, everyone knows that scholarly publication is serious trouble. The actual costs of disseminating content have plummeted drastically, and yet academic institutions are paying more and more to the commercial publishers. This feels deeply wrong — as if Facebook charged us … [Link]

Language Log » Pitch contour perception

Monday 28 August 9:39:10 UTC 2017

Listen to this brief four-syllable phrase, and answer a simple question: once the eggs hatch Your browser does not support the audio element. Is the end of the last sylllable ("hatch") higher or lower in pitch than the start of the first sylllable ("once")? If you're like most people, you hear "hatch" as ending somewhat higher than than the syllables … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » league skimmer

Monday 28 August 7:30:00 UTC 2017

a person that goes out with people way out of their league Harry is a league skimmer because he goes/ went out with jen. [Link]

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