John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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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 » Blues in Moore flat

Friday 15 December 22:47:03 UTC 2017

I've previously noted that Donald Trump sometimes introduces semi-chanted passages into his political oratory — see "Trump's prosody"; "Trumpchant in B flat"; "Tunes, political and geographical". Here's another example, from his 12/8/2017 campaign rally for Roy Moore in Pensacola: Your browser does not support the audio element. So get out and vote for Roy Moore! Average f0 values (leaving out … [Link]

Language Log » Linguists and change

Friday 15 December 17:48:00 UTC 2017

In recent years, a rapid and important cultural change in the understanding of gender has been taking place in American society and beyond. A Harris poll from this year, reported in a Time Magazine cover story, found that “20% of millennials say they are something other than strictly straight and cisgender, compared to 7% of boomers”. At the University of … [Link]

Language Log » Tricolons

Friday 15 December 13:23:56 UTC 2017

Roy Moore's 12/13/2017 non-concession speech started out this way: Your browser does not support the audio element. We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion. And he goes on in the same vein, with another rhetorical tricolon: Your browser does not support the audio element. This particular race was watched not only by … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » We out here

Friday 15 December 8:00:00 UTC 2017

A statement referring to how a specific group of people are "out here" in the streets trying to make a living. Commonly used by Toronto and New York gangstas. Gangsta 1: "I jus sold a G for 40$" Gangsta 2: "Jheez we out here" [Link]


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