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 » Translating the I ching (Book of Changes)

Wednesday 11 October 22:21:21 UTC 2017

For the last two decades or so, my brother Denis and I have been working on a translation of the Yìjīng 易經 (Classic of Changes). We shall probably finish the first draft within a year. Of all the Chinese classics, the I ching is the one that most Sinologists do not want to touch because of its maddening opacity. In … [Link]

languagehat.com » Uchi.

Wednesday 11 October 22:16:46 UTC 2017

Back in 1985, Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a review for the LRB (which sent me the link in celebration of Ishiguro’s Nobel) of Pictures from the Water Trade: An Englishman in Japan by John David Morley (a book I have owned for many years but have not gotten around to reading), and since the central portion of the review is language-related, … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Bloje

Wednesday 11 October 7:00:00 UTC 2017

Noun; a blowjob yo trace you didn't tell me you got a bloje from peyton last weekend. [Link]

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