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 » Trends in syntactic style

Tuesday 2 January 23:51:30 UTC 2018

Today's SMBC: The punch line: The aftercomic: Milton's embeddings are less relentlessly parenthetical than that — here are the first two sentences of his Areopagitica: They who to States and Governours of the Commonwealth direct their Speech, High Court of Parlament, or wanting such accesse in a private condition; write that which they foresee may advance the publick good; I … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Bundles and bark

Tuesday 2 January 19:16:41 UTC 2018

Have you ever wondered what you call the long stringy white bits you remove from bananas before eating them? I haven’t thought about this before, but today I discovered that they are called phloem bundles. They are structures that transport nutrients from the leaves to other parts of plants. In trees they are the innermost layer of bark, and the … [Link]

Language Log » Too many words for falsehood?

Tuesday 2 January 16:20:01 UTC 2018

One of Matt Wuerker's 2017 political cartoons: Wuerker is obviously taking graphical advantage of an elderly cliché, which pivots off of the allegedly large number of Eskimo snow words in order to decorate a claim that the culture of group X is (perhaps excessively) preoccupied with Y. For many examples of X and Y, and instances of other metaclichés, see … [Link]

Language Log » Giant Panda Xiang Xiang or Japanese diplomat Sugiyama?

Tuesday 2 January 16:20:00 UTC 2018

A couple of weeks ago, a strange language misunderstanding occurred during the Regular Press Conference of the PRC foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, on December 19, 2017. During the press conference, a Japanese journalist raised a question in English. He asked: "Giant panda Xiang Xiang who has traveled to Japan made its formal debut in a Tokyo zoo today. What … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » tw/s*

Tuesday 2 January 11:12:56 UTC 2018

trigger warning: suicide the tw means trigger warning and is used for anything the could trigger someone (ex. self harm, eating disorders etc) and the / is to indicate what the trigger warning is about. the s* stands for suicide, it could also be written out s**cide tw/s* logan paul posted an up close video of a man that hung … [Link]


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