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 » Crisp

Saturday 30 September 17:47:36 UTC 2017

Today's Frazz: [Link]

Language Log » Sibe: a living Manchu language

Saturday 30 September 14:45:50 UTC 2017

While it is generally acknowledged that Manchu language is nearly extinct, with only a handful of elderly speakers in the original territory of Manchuria, a very close cousin survives in the far northwest of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the PRC. This language is called Sibe (MSM transcription Xíbó 锡伯), and it is spoken by about 30,000 individuals … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Running like a …?

Saturday 30 September 11:05:49 UTC 2017

A photo of a tap If you see or heard the phrase “running like a”, what would you expect to the next word to be? If you’re from the UK you might say “tap” – that’s certainly what I would expect to come next here. A tap in this context refers to “A device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » birth my food baby

Saturday 30 September 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Taking a shit. Guys, Imma need half an hour to birth my food baby. [Link] » Another Troubadour Sale.

Saturday 30 September 0:41:18 UTC 2017

I’ve posted about Troubadour Books quite a few times (first almost exactly a decade ago; most recently two weeks ago), and I’m here to report on the results of my latest expedition to take advantage of their sale, which is going on through the weekend, and I urge you to visit if you’re in the area — not only are … [Link]


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