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

Urban Word of the Day » catch the ones

Thursday 4 January 8:30:00 UTC 2018

You and someone are having beef so you want to fist fight to settle out the differences. Hey Dom if you have a problem you can catch the ones. [Link]

Language Log » Mixed-script letter written by an adult

Thursday 4 January 7:45:54 UTC 2018

The two notes below, as described in this article (in Chinese) were written around the same time and under similar circumstances. The two patients were being treated at a hospital in Shijiazhuang, capital and largest city of Hebei province. After treatment, they were asked to comment on the care they had received from nurse Du Jiajia. Li Dong's letter, on … [Link] » Luxembourgish.

Thursday 4 January 1:16:07 UTC 2018

Jennifer Rankin writes for the Guardian about a language not often discussed: Luxembourgish, traditionally just spoken at home, can sound like a curiosity. It was not even a national language of Luxembourg until 1984 and is hardly spoken outside the Grand Duchy. Nearly half of Luxembourg’s 576,000 inhabitants are foreigners, many of whom find it easier to speak one of … [Link]


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