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 » Marmay tay

Sunday 3 September 15:56:30 UTC 2017

Just got off the phone with my 2nd-grader granddaughter, Samira. She was in her dad's truck out on some errand with him. She had a new cell phone and was excited to talk to me on it. Her dad got out to pick up some things he had left behind at a store. Thereupon Samira started to tell me about … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » drain the granny out of it

Sunday 3 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Draining the granny out of something is when you get every little last bit. *person who is known for taking large sips* "hey ,can I have a sip of your drink?" *person with drink* "sure but don't drain the granny out of it" [Link]

Omniglot blog » Language quiz

Sunday 3 September 5:30:35 UTC 2017

Language quiz image Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken? [Link]

languagehat.com » Global Medieval Sourcebook.

Sunday 3 September 0:20:11 UTC 2017

More online goodness; Allison Meier reports for Hyperallergic: Images from medieval manuscripts have had something of a revival on social media, with viral accounts sharing their strange scenes of bizarre beasts or cavorting knights and monks. Yet the reading of those manuscripts by non-scholars remains low, partly due to a lack of access. The recently launched Global Medieval Sourcebook (GMS), … [Link]

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