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 » Dognitive Science

Friday 8 September 12:41:43 UTC 2017

Since "Dognition" is now a Coursera MOOC as well as a company, it might be time to revisit an old, obscure and bitter joke — Garrison Cottrell, "Approaches to the Inverse Dogmatics Problem: Time for a Return to Localist Networks?", Connection Science 1993: The innovative use of neural networks in the field of Dognitive Science has spurred the intense interest … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » global warmer

Friday 8 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

A sports utility vehicle or other large truck-vehicle that spews an attrocious amount of toxins into the atmosphere, particularly apropos if the owner has no need for an off-road vehicle and would never even dream of driving it on a gravel parking lot for fear he would ding his paint. I can't believe Scott bought a Hummer. Why on Earth … [Link]

Language Log » Backward characters

Friday 8 September 1:29:48 UTC 2017

Name on a ship that docked in Yancheng (in Jiangsu province) harbor last Thursday: The reason there are armed public security forces patrolling near the ship is because it was full of smuggled cargo. The story is reported here: "Smugglers caught because they got their Chinese characters the wrong way round: Language blunder gives sugar carriers a bitter lesson after … [Link] » Asportation.

Friday 8 September 0:44:22 UTC 2017

My wife and I enjoy reading the police report in the local paper, which frequently amuses us with tales like these: An animal was removed from a chicken coop at a Pelham Road residence. The owner of the chickens was given advice on how to keep other animals from attacking the chickens. A black bear wandering in and out of … [Link]


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