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 » Xi Jinping thought: watch for the possessive suffix

Saturday 2 September 15:13:58 UTC 2017

Ding Xueliang, a professor of PRC history and contemporary Chinese politics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has called attention to the difference between Máo Zédōng sīxiǎng 毛泽东思想 ("Mao Zedong thought") and Máo Zédōng de sīxiǎng 毛泽东的思想 ("Mao Zedong's thought") Similarly, there is a significant difference between Xí Jìnpíng sīxiǎng 习近平思想 ("Xi Jinping thought") and Xí Jìnpíng … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Trumpmosphere

Saturday 2 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Releasing negative and or toxic energy into the open Ever since he began his campaign for Presidency , Mr. Trump has consistently polluted our minds, and atmosphere at large with his negative and toxic comments about minorities, women, and other groups. He is the key contributor to negative energy in the Trumpmosphere. [Link]

languagehat.com » Glossing Africa.

Saturday 2 September 0:34:58 UTC 2017

Namwali Serpell at NYRDaily writes about an interesting topic that I haven’t seen much discussion of: Whenever African writers are on a panel together, we are asked about the continent as a whole—its literature, its future, its political woes and economic potential. Whenever African writers get together on our own, we talk about glossaries. These additions to the main text, … [Link]

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