John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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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 » "Sons of a bitches"

Sunday 24 September 22:18:07 UTC 2017

In his 9/22/2017 rally speech in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump said Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now — out, he's fired. Fired! Your browser does not support the audio element. This posed a question for people who wanted … [Link]

Language Log » Politically adorable

Sunday 24 September 13:09:57 UTC 2017

I wondered when this would happen. Jack Shafer, "Week 18: The Further Perils of Paul Manafort", Politico (Swamp Diary) 9/23/2017 [emphasis added]: Flynn has hired seven attorneys, and his family has established a legal defense fund for him, stipulating that donations from foreign governments or the Trump campaign or business won't be accepted. Isn’t it adorable that Flynn, who worked for … [Link]

Language Log » Tonal variation and reading pronunciation

Sunday 24 September 10:53:43 UTC 2017

From Zeyao Wu: I am intrigued by how the pronunciation of my nickname changed when I moved to Guangzhou [VHM: in the far south, formerly Canton] from Dongbei [VHM: the Northeast, formerly Manchuria]. In Dongbei, all my relatives and my friends called me Yáoyao 瑶瑶, with the second tone of the second syllable becoming neutral. [VHM: the base tone of … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Language quiz

Sunday 24 September 10:18:33 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]

Urban Word of the Day » thought itch

Sunday 24 September 8:00:00 UTC 2017

It's a thought that is on the tip of your tongue but can't remember it. I have a thought itch I can't remember. [Link]

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