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 » Congee: the Dravidian roots of the name for a Chinese dish

Monday 13 November 18:19:18 UTC 2017

I love congee and I love the word "congee": "Chinese restaurant shorthand, part 2" (11/30/16) "Chinese restaurant shorthand, part 3" (2/25/17) Lisa Lim has written an edifying article on the subject in the South China Morning Post Magazine (11/10/17): "Where the word congee comes from – the answer may surprise you: The dish is frequently associated with East Asian cuisine … [Link]

Language Log » Generative linguistics and neural networks at 60

Monday 13 November 18:02:02 UTC 2017

An interesting new paper by Joe Pater: "Generative linguistics and neural networks at 60: foundation, friction, and fusion": Abstract. The birthdate of both generative linguistics and neural networks can be taken as 1957, the year of the publication of seminal work by both Noam Chomsky and Frank Rosenblatt. This paper traces the development of these two approaches to cognitive science, … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Brain Spurs

Monday 13 November 8:00:00 UTC 2017

brain spurs. noun. a medical term referring to fatty growths in the cerebral cortex causing difficulty speaking, limited vocabulary, lying, laziness caused by being born rich Trump got a deferment from Vietnam due to his Brain Spurs. [Link]

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