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 » Translating Nabati Poetry.

Thursday 21 December 19:14:32 UTC 2017

Arabic Literature (in English) recently featured Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’ — M. Lynx Qualey interviews the editor-translator of Hmedan al-Shweʿir’s Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th Century Najd. I was holding off on posting it because at the end it says “Part two of this interview will appear next week, on December … [Link]

Language Log » Hawaiian-style predicate inversion, Yoda uses

Thursday 21 December 14:55:28 UTC 2017

David Adger of Queen Mary University of London is using the new Star Wars movie as an opportunity to delve into the linguistics of Yoda-speak. He surmises that Yoda's native language involves predicate inversion a la Hawaiian, and that this Yodish syntactic pattern is then transferred into his second language, English. (Or is that Galactic Basic Standard?) (More from QMUL's … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Google Girlfriend

Thursday 21 December 9:00:00 UTC 2017

An imaginary girlfreind whom one would brag about to his friends and use a picture of "said girl" from google. Richard: Hey guys look at my girlfriend! Brett: Cool! shes good looking where is she from? Richard: Google Brett: So she is a google girlfriend? [Link]

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