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 » Plugnutty.

Thursday 14 September 13:57:27 UTC 2017

I don’t want to neglect to write about the recent death of John Ashbery (NY Times obit). I’ve posted his poems here a number of times (2009, 2005, 2004); here’s a recent (May 5, 2016) one from the LRB (which is temporarily making their entire archive of Ashbery poems available without a subscription): Understandably It’s beautiful, and all that: the … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Cruzing

Thursday 14 September 8:00:00 UTC 2017

Looking for porn on Twitter. Bonus points if you get caught "liking" one of the posts and blame it on a hack, then on a staffer. I understand the problems the country currently faces, but I plan to spend the night Cruzing. [Link]

Language Log » Confronting abuses of power

Thursday 14 September 4:38:35 UTC 2017

[This post was written with input from Emily M. Bender, Claire Bowern, Andrew Garrett, Monica Macaulay, David Pesetsky, Leslie Saxon, Karen Shelby, Kristen Syrett, and Natasha Warner.] Many linguists, and probably also many regular Language Log readers, will have by now heard about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint recently filed by a set of faculty members currently or formerly … [Link]

languagehat.com » The Parlance of Pilots.

Thursday 14 September 0:29:35 UTC 2017

Mark Vanhoenacker is a pilot with British Airways, and writes engagingly about the language of the air: The day I first flew in the cockpit of an airliner, I fell in love with the sights, of course, but also the sounds. […] I fell in love with what I saw from the airplane that day. But I was equally struck … [Link]

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