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 » The 13th-Century Revolution.

Saturday 23 September 22:29:21 UTC 2017

Eric Weiskott describes “the 13th-century revolution that made modern poetry possible” — namely, the change from alliterative verse (“the form of poetry used in Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”) to the accentual-syllabic meters that underlie what we think of as traditional English verse, which began around the end of the 12th century. Weiskott gives as an … [Link]

Language Log » Southern Ohioisms

Saturday 23 September 22:24:34 UTC 2017

During my recent trip to Ohio, I met a man named Don Slater from southeastern Ohio who regaled me with endless examples of how people from his neck of the woods (centered on Noble County, but down into eastern Kentucky and Tennessee) talk. People from Noble County don't butcher a hog, they "burcher" it. They don't say "ain't that awful" … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Dotard

Saturday 23 September 8:00:00 UTC 2017

An aging individual who has long lost the ability to make rational sense. That dotard is going to get us all blown up, if he doesn't calm down . [Link]

languagehat.com » Stubbornly Multilingual.

Saturday 23 September 0:24:51 UTC 2017

Josephine Stefani, who identifies herself as “Stubbornly multilingual,” responds to the Quora question “What are some good novels that don’t have an English language version?” I love this sort of thing, and you’ve got to be impressed with her wide range of literatures. She starts off with Ana María Matute (who “is someone in the Spanish-speaking community”), Ahmadou Kourouma (“considered … [Link]

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