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

Omniglot blog » Ráðstefna fjöltyngdra einstaklinga

Wednesday 18 October 16:59:17 UTC 2017

Polyglot Conference logo in Icelandic One of the Icelandic courses I’m doing on Memrise was made especially for people going to the Polyglot Conference in Reykjavik at the end of October. Today’s lesson included the phrase “Hefur þú tekið þátt í Ráðstefnu fjöltyngdra einstaklinga?”, which means “Have you been to a Polyglot Conference?”, or literally “Have you taken part in a conference of multilingual individuals?”. … [Link]

Language Log » Linguistic tools for the supervillain

Wednesday 18 October 15:30:04 UTC 2017

In celebration of Geoff Pullum's 700th LLOG post, "World domination and threats to the public", we'll be meeting for a quiet (virtual) drink this evening. But meanwhile I'll quietly suggest that Geoff has been too hasty in joining Randall Munroe at xkcd in assigning to the field of Linguistics a "low likelihood of being a crucial tool for a supervillain, … [Link]

Language Log » World domination and threats to the public

Wednesday 18 October 14:20:22 UTC 2017

Linguistics is in the most desirable quadrant according to today's xkcd: low likelihood of being a crucial tool for a supervillain, and low probability of anything breaking out of the research environment and threatening the general population. But I'm not at all sure that everything is positioned correctly. Molasses storage should be further to the right (never forget the Great … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Say Less

Wednesday 18 October 8:00:00 UTC 2017

A phrase used when you are done with someones bullshit and you want them to stop talking. Usually in a rude/angry tone and/or while in an argument. John: Yo, I didnt steal your money bro. Why would I do that?Joe: Nah man I dont trust you.John: Vro we been friends for yearsJoe: Nigga say less [Link]

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