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 » Is there a practical limit to how much can fit in Unicode?

Friday 27 October 22:18:36 UTC 2017

A lengthy, important article by Michael Erard recently appeared in the New York Times Magazine: "How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets: Do the volunteers behind Unicode, whose mission is to bring all human languages into the digital sphere, have enough bandwidth to deal with emojis too?" (10/18/17) The article brought back many vivid … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » weird part of youtube

Friday 27 October 11:42:05 UTC 2017

the part of youtube where one encounters very odd videos, such as the retarded running horse, retarded dog, and drunk squirrel. how the hell did i get to the weird part of youtube? [Link]

Omniglot blog » Café Lingua – lifandi tungumál

Friday 27 October 8:04:10 UTC 2017

Yesterday evening I went to Café Lingua – lifandi tungumál at the University of Iceland / Háskóli Íslands. It’s a regular meet-up for language enthusiasts, and last night there were a lot of extra people there who are in Reykjavik for the Polyglot Conference. It was great to see lots of familiar faces, and to meet new people. I had … [Link]

Language Log » Blue Cell Dyslexia

Friday 27 October 5:53:15 UTC 2017

An article about dyslexia appeared last week in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society B (“The [British] Royal Society's flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the fast publication and worldwide dissemination of high-quality research”). A week is a long time in blog-years, I know, but impact of the article is rippling far and wide. The authors claim to have … [Link]

languagehat.com » Tron!

Friday 27 October 0:19:16 UTC 2017

David Munns at Aeon tells the story of the once ubiquitous suffix –tron: In contemporary usage the term actually springs from ancient Greek, with the invention of the first vacuum tube or ‘kenotron’ around 1904; its creator came up with the name by combining the Greek words for ‘empty’ (keno) and ‘tool’ (tron). Subsequently, the radiotron, thyratron, klystron and the … [Link]

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