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 » Twitter length restrictions in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

Saturday 7 October 12:15:28 UTC 2017

Josh Horwitz has a provocative article in Quartz (9/27/17): "SAY MORE WITH LESS: In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, 140 characters for Twitter is plenty, thank you" The thinking here is muddled and the analysis is misplaced. There's a huge difference between "characters" in English and in Chinese. We also have to keep in mind the difference between "word" and "character", … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Learn to Think in Any Language

Saturday 7 October 10:27:42 UTC 2017

Gabriel Wyner contacted me recently about a new app he would like to develop. It will be designed to teach you languages from beginner to fluency. It will start teaching you pronunciation, and then teach vocabulary and grammar, and will be based on spaced repetition. The system willh enable you to create your own cards, and to add pictures and … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Distractivated

Saturday 7 October 7:19:22 UTC 2017

Being actively distracted in such a way that it activates ideas that motivate or inspire. Brooke- what's up Pammy? You seem distracted? Pamela- nah brookie I'm distractivated, I just came up with a new word."I was so distractivated at work today, I had the perfect idea for Rhys's birthday" [Link]


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