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 » Draft of New Latin-based Kazakh Alphabet.

Sunday 1 October 17:26:20 UTC 2017

I realize it’s just a draft, and may never become a reality (a point made by cliff arroyo in this recent Log thread: “The switch from cyrillic to latin seems to be one of these issues that shows up every few years and gets some press and then disappears”), but this Kazinform report includes a paragraph that baffles me: The … [Link]

Language Log » Unsackability

Sunday 1 October 14:57:26 UTC 2017

From "Theresa May's interview with Andrew Marr – Summary", The Guardian 10/1/2017: May refused to deny that Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, has become “unsackable”. Johnson yesterday used an interview with the Sun to set out four personal red lines for Brexit, all of which go beyond the cabinet position set out in May’s Florence speech and at least one … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Language Quiz

Sunday 1 October 9:17:50 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 » Girlfriend Vibes

Sunday 1 October 7:30:00 UTC 2017

A type of sales technique that involves flattery and flirtation. The technique is effective at giving value and power to the salesperson's suggestions and compliments, thus resulting in a larger sale.The most extreme example of this would be an exotic dancer, making you feel like she likes you so you'll come back for another dance. It exists, however, at lesser … [Link] » Learning Minority Languages.

Sunday 1 October 0:06:39 UTC 2017

Alice Bonasio writes for Quartz about an apparent paradox: Yet at the same time as teens in the UK are turning their back on traditionally valued European languages such as German, French, and Spanish, Britain is experiencing a strong surge of interest in local idioms. There has been an uptake of kids learning languages such as Irish and Scottish Gaelic … [Link]


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