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

languagehat.com » Polikushka.

Sunday 12 November 21:24:23 UTC 2017

Once again I am rewarded for my stubbornness in pursuing my chronological crawl through Russian literature. The other day I finished Tolstoy’s Казаки [The Cossacks], and in my post about it I complained about its length and repetitiveness and concluded “at this point in their careers, I would have to say that Dostoevsky is way ahead of him.” That story … [Link]

languagehat.com » The Tongs.

Sunday 12 November 14:14:15 UTC 2017

A hilarious series of tweets by Nili‏ @sharknoises; since it’s short, I’ll just copy the whole thing, conveniently compiled by Alon, who sent it to me: My entire life is a lie I was just eating dinner with my parents and my mom asks in Farsi for me to pass her the remote control. I was like “…What?” Mom: points … [Link]

Language Log » Linguistic Science and Technology in China

Sunday 12 November 13:33:03 UTC 2017

I just spent a few days in China, mainly to attend an "International Workshop on Language Resource Construction: Theory, Methodology and Applications". This was the second event in a three-year program funded by a small grant from the "Penn China Research & Engagement Fund". That program's goals include "To develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Chinese … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Language quiz

Sunday 12 November 11:32:16 UTC 2017

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 » paggro

Sunday 12 November 8:00:00 UTC 2017

to be passively aggressive towards someone Driver: Grr. That guy is totally riding my bumper. I'm going to drive slower. Passenger2: Way to get paggro on his ass. [Link]

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