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 » The Last Speaker of Taushiro.

Tuesday 26 December 23:26:08 UTC 2017

Nicholas Casey writes for the NY Times about Amadeo García García, the last speaker of Taushiro (also known as Pinche or Pinchi), and how he and his language got to this point: The waters of the Peruvian Amazon were once a vast linguistic repository, a place where every turn of the river could yield another dialect, often completely unintelligible to … [Link]

Language Log » CCP approved terms of the year

Tuesday 26 December 15:23:50 UTC 2017

A week ago, I wrote a post on "CCP approved image macros" (12/17/17). Being the authoritarian, totalitarian government that it is, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has the power to coin, sanction, and promote whatever forms of language use it desires. This week, at the conclusion of 2017, we have this dazzling collection of CCP-approved expressions that encapsulate US-China ties … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » cleptopenia

Tuesday 26 December 9:00:00 UTC 2017

The unconscious theft of Pens. Also known as Cleptopenamania. The person who steals pens from the grocery store, bank, or post office must have cleptopenia (Klep-toe-pen-ee-uh) [Link] » Xmas Loot 2017.

Tuesday 26 December 0:27:40 UTC 2017

An enjoyable but tiring day, I’ll just list a few items of LH interest: The Guy Davenport Reader (thanks, jamessal!) The Russian Memoir: History and Literature , edited by Beth Holmgren James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon , by Julie Phillips I was also thrilled to get Irina Mashinski’s latest book of poetry, Делавер [Delaware] (thanks, Irina!); the … [Link]


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