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 » R.I.P. Aravind Joshi

Monday 1 January 15:38:29 UTC 2018

I learned this morning that Aravind Joshi died yesterday at his home. Among Aravind's many awards are the 1997 IJCAI Award for Research Excellence; the first ACL Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2002; the 2003 David E. Rumelhart Prize; and the 2005 Benjamin Franklin Medal, "[f]or his fundamental contributions to our understanding of how language is represented in the mind, and for … [Link] » New Year 2018.

Monday 1 January 15:24:31 UTC 2018

Потому что жизнь не ждет. Не оглянешься и святки. Только промежуток краткий, Смотришь, там и новый год. Because life does not wait. Turn, and you find Christmas here. And a moment after that It’s suddenly New Year. My favorite stanza from Pasternak’s “Снег идет” (tr. Jon Stallworthy and Peter France, “Snow Is Falling”; a different translation here). A very happy … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » skeeve

Monday 1 January 8:19:32 UTC 2018

verb 1. to cause disgust (in someone). 2. +that: to be disgusted by (something) From Italian schifo (pron. 'skI:fo 1. Seeing guys spit on the sidewalk skeeves me. 2. Guys putting their hands all over you, I skeeve that. [Link]

Language Log » New Year's Reflections and Resolutions

Monday 1 January 1:27:55 UTC 2018

As we enter the second half of the 15th year since we started Language Log, we've been reflecting on the past and planning for the future. We should start by explaining what Language Log is, because by no means everyone who comes across the site understands this. Some think they can register to write posts as if Language Log were … [Link]


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