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Blogs about Language

23 blogs about Language.

  1. Ace Linguist
    At the crossroads of linguistics and pop culture. By Karen. 🇺🇸 More info

    March Update, plus a book
    Things are, hopefully, looking a little better. Some lessons learned from the past year are to not take on very large projects, as cool as they would be. I recently began reading "Language vs Reality" …
    115 words
  2. All Things Linguistic
    A blog about all things linguistic by Gretchen McCulloch. I cohost Lingthusiasm, a podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics. I'm the author of Because Internet, a book about internet language! 🇺🇸 More info

    Be gay do crime but in Bavaria and we’re putting these everywhere
    latenight-panic:latenight-panic:deutsche-bahn:dr-drea:Be gay do crime but in Barvaria and we’re putting these everywhereFor those of you who don’t know about the current discussions in German politics:German is a heavily gendered language, with distinct female and male …
    381 words
  3. Arnold Zwicky's Blog
    A blog mostly about language. More info

    Stanford hymns
    In my final dream of the night, I was explaining to a group of rapt visitors that “Come, thou fount of every blessing” was the official hymn of Stanford University — an idea no doubt …
    By arnold zwicky, 1,150 words
  4. Balashon - Hebrew Language Detective
    A blog about the origin of Hebrew words and phrases and how they relate to English and other languages. By David Curwin. 🇮🇱 More info

    tiron and turai
    After a soldier enlists in the Israeli army, there are two words to describe him (or her, although I'm providing the male forms of the words): טִירוֹן tiron - "new recruit" and טוּרַאי turai - …
    By Balashon, 452 words
  5. colin_morris
    I’m a funemployed programmer and deep learning enthusiast. By Colin Morris. 🇨🇦 More info

    Does ChatGPT know about things Wikipedia doesn't?
    I’ve spent a lot of time editing Wikipedia. I do it for many reasons, but one of the sillier ones floating around the margins of my consciousness is that I like to think that, by …
    885 words
  6. Fritinancy
    Names, brands, writing, and the language of commerce. By Nancy Friedman. 🇺🇸 More info

    The action's on Substack!
    Hello, and welcome to Old Fritinancy — Classic Fritinancy? — the blog I launched in 2006. In August 2023 I made the transition to the Substack platform, where I’m publishing new writing on names, brands, …
    By Nancy Friedman, 132 words
    By Gareth Rees. 🇬🇧 More info

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    The rediscovery of Morniel Mathaway
    1. Academic rumours Careful scholarship is supposed to protect us from chains of whispers, where texts get distorted via paraphrase and summary so that secondary and tertiary works fail to accurately convey the sense of …
    3,026 words
  8. grammaticus
    weekly posts on literature, languages, and learning. By Nenad Knezevic. 🇷🇸 More info

    Book review: “The King James Version Bible Commentary”
    Published by Thomas Nelson, this commentary is not designed to be neutral: its target audience is pretty narrow and specific, and the theological framework behind its scholarship precisely defined.
    By Waldmann, 37 words
  9. The Ideophone
    Sounding out ideas on language, vivid sensory words, and iconicity. By Mark Dingemanse. 🇳🇱 More info

    I am not a stochastic parrot
    Gregory Bateson, in Mind and Nature, writes: To liken the mountain to a man and talk of its “humor” or “rage” does little harm. But to liken the man to the mountain proposes that all …
    By Mark Dingemanse, 247 words
  10. Inky Fool
    Being the weblog of Mark Forsyth. 🇬🇧 More info

    The Gift of Thrift
    Start with something simple. We've got the verb give, which we all know, and the thing that you give is a gift. They're quite obviously related. This is Not Interesting.Then you've got people who use …
    By M.H. Forsyth, 420 words
  11. Italian poetry for English speakers
    Aims to facilitate the appreciation of Italian poetry by English speakers who don't speak Italian. More info

    Paolo e Francesca, by Dante Alighieri
    The original: Amor, ch’al cor gentil ratto s’apprende, prese costui de la bella persona che mi fu tolta; e ’l modo ancor m’offende. Amor, ch’a nullo amato amar perdona, mi prese del costui piacer sì …
    761 words
  12. Jabal al-Lughat
    Climbing the Mountain of Languages. By Lameen Souag. 🇺🇸 More info

    Loanwords examined via Pozdniakov's Proto-Fula-Sereer
    I recently finished Pozdniakov's Proto-Fula-Sereer, freely available through Language Science Press. This is obviously a very welcome and valuable contribution to West African historical linguistics, an area where much remains to be done. I have …
    By Lameen Souag الأمين سواق, 1,234 words
    By Language Hat. 🇺🇸 More info

    I’d almost be willing to post Claire Moses’ NY Times story (archived) just for the bare existence of the word Böögg, but I’ll use the proposed etymology in the last quoted paragraph as a hook: …
    By languagehat, 197 words
  14. Language Log
    By Mark Liberman, Geoffrey Pullum, et al. 🇺🇸 More info

    Mix and match Japanese orthography
    Most Language Log readers are aware that the Japanese writing system consists of three major components — kanji (sinoglyhs), hiragana (cursive syllabary), and katakana (block syllabary). I would argue that rōmaji (roman letters) are a …
    By Victor Mair, 1,324 words
  15. Namerology : Articles Archives
    The home for name enthusiasts, and anyone with a naming question that they’d like answered with an analytical mindset and a positive attitude. By Laura Wattenberg. 🇺🇸 More info

    Can You Compare Jennifer and Tawanda?
    A major economic study found that employers respond differently to resumes with “Black” and “White” names. But which names, exactly? A closer look raises questions. Names send messages, and we can’t help receiving them. We …
    By LauraWattenberg, 1,124 words
  16. Nancy's Baby Names – Blog
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    Popular and unique baby names in Sonoma County (California), 2023
    Flag of California Sonoma County is the northernmost county in the San Francisco Bay Area region. Last year, Sonoma welcomed 4,463 babies. What were the most popular names among these babies? Olivia and Mateo. Here …
    By Nancy Man, 714 words
  17. Not One-Off Britishisms
    British words and expressions that have got popular in the U.S. By Ben Yagoda. 🇺🇸 More info

    “The lead-up”; “the run-up,” expanded.
    One of the first posts I did for this blog was on the expression “the run-up to,” meaning a preliminary period. It was a really short post, as was my custom in those days, so …
    By Ben Yagoda, 623 words
  18. Russian Dinosaur
    A blog mostly about Russian literature and translation issues, as retailed by a small stuffed dinosaur. 🇬🇧 More info

    Thank you for the radishes: Edmund Wilson in dialogue with Helen Muchnic
    In 1942, the literary critic and Princeton graduate, Edmund Wilson, then forty-seven, made friends with a scholar of Russian literature slightly younger than himself, Helen Muchnic. Born in Baku in 1902, Helen emigrated to the …
    By Russian Dinosaur, 1,889 words
  19. Sentence first
    An Irishman's blog about the English language. By Stan Carey. 🇮🇪 More info

    Banjaxed and bockety words in Ireland
    ‘Lucky might get going all of a sudden. Then we’d be banjaxed.’ (Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot) Banjaxed and bockety are a fun pair of words in the Irish English vernacular. Banjaxed I heard from …
    By Stan Carey, 1,528 words
  20. Separated by a Common Language
    explore[s] the often subtle differences in American and British English. By Lynne Murphy. 🇬🇧 More info

    colo(u)rful sauces
    In 2009, my parents came over from the US and we took a trip to Italy: Florence, Pisa, and Rome. The food, of course, was gorgeous, but often clashed with what my mother thought of …
    By lynneguist, 1,113 words