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Blogs about Language

15 blogs about Language.

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

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    The Carpenters Take On Californian Accents
    The "Oldie but goodie" soft rock/pop/middle-of-the-road band "Carpenters" seems to have been tinged by nostalgia since it began. Active from 1969 to 1983, the band was fronted by Karen Carpenter, a singer with a contralto …
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  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!” 🇺🇸

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    Bonus 71: Parrots, art, and what even is a word - Deleted scenes from Kat Gupta, Lucy Maddox, and Randall Munroe interviews
    Bonus 71: Parrots, art, and what even is a word - Deleted scenes from Kat Gupta, Lucy Maddox, and Randall Munroe interviews: lingthusiasm:Bonus 71: Parrots, art, and what even is a word - Deleted scenes …
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  3. 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. 🇮🇱

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    deyokan
    What is the origin of the Talmudic word דְּיוֹקָן deyokan? In rabbinic literature it meant "image, likeness", and today, in modern Hebrew, means "portrait, profile."Steinsaltz provides two theories:The origin of this word is not entirely …
    By Balashon, 433 words

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  4. colin_morris
    “I’m a funemployed programmer and deep learning enthusiast.” By Colin Morris. 🇨🇦

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    A brief history of "men who have sex with men"
    With monkeypox in the news, some people are encountering the phrase “men who have sex with men” (“MSM” for short) for the first time. I’ve even seen some hot takes positing that it’s a new …
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  5. grammaticus
    “weekly posts on literature, languages, and learning.” By Nenad Knezevic. 🇷🇸

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    “If—” by Rudyard Kipling
    A while ago I posted a lengthy grammar article about the conditional sentences in English, and in this post we’ll read a poem by Rudyard Kipling that can be used to illustrate conditional clauses. It …
    By Nenad Knežević, 598 words

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  6. Jabal al-Lughat
    “Climbing the Mountain of Languages.” By Lameen Souag. 🇺🇸

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    Power and nephewhood from the Ahaggar to Hombori
    Throughout In most Tuareg varieties, the verb 'be able' is dub-ət (pf. yă-ddob-ăt, impf. ti-dubu-t). There are no compelling cognates for this in Berber outside Tuareg, as Naït-Zerrad's comparative dictionary confirms; at best, one might …
    By Lameen Souag الأمين سواق, 730 words

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  7. languagehat.com
    By Language Hat. 🇺🇸

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    HaggardHawks has Questions.
    A couple of years ago I posted about Paul Anthony Jones and his online avatar HaggardHawks; now I learn from Lynne Murphy’s TLS review that he’s written what sounds like a useful book: Those who …
    By languagehat, 417 words

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  8. Language Log
    By Mark Liberman, Geoffrey Pullum, et al. 🇺🇸

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    Unususual Original
    From the Facebook account of Mei Han: The Chinese characters say: wǔ lù cáishén 五路財神 The Gods of Wealth of the Five Directions (North, South, East, West, and Center) are often invoked during the Chinese …
    By Victor Mair, 93 words

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  9. Not One-Off Britishisms
    “British words and expressions that have got popular in the U.S.” By Ben Yagoda. 🇺🇸

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    “Fit” Carries the Day
    Apologies for the long gap in posting — I have been in Melbourne, Australia, leading a study abroad program for the University of Delaware, and pondering whether the preferred spelling is “brekky” or “brekkie.” The …
    By Ben Yagoda, 263 words

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  10. Russian Dinosaur
    “A blog mostly about Russian literature and translation issues, as retailed by a small stuffed dinosaur.” 🇬🇧

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    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

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  11. Sentence first
    “An Irishman's blog about the English language.” By Stan Carey. 🇮🇪

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    Six more videos about language
    The latest in an erratic series. In this set we have punctuation, phonetics, raciolinguistics, gesture, lexicography, and writing advice. Viewing length ranges from 4 minutes to 1 hour 18 minutes. A brief history of the …
    By Stan Carey, 77 words

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  12. Separated by a Common Language
    “explore[s] the often subtle differences in American and British English.” By Lynne Murphy. 🇬🇧

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    2022 US-to-UK Word of the Year: homer
    Yesterday, I declared the UK-to-US SbaCL Word of the Year. You can read about it here. The US-to-UK one may be as controversial as it was the first time (a)round (in May). But here goes: …
    By lynneguist, 542 words

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  13. Shady Characters
    “The secret life of punctuation.” By Keith Houston. 🇬🇧

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    Miscellany № 98: a novelistic conundrum
    On Mastodon (or rather, on fediscience.org, a server powered by Mastodon), Marc Schulder asks: What do you call the list of teaser phrases at chapter beginnings in novels like “Three Men in a Boat” or …
    By Keith Houston, 68 words

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  14. Strong Language NEW
    “A sweary blog about swearing.”

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    Enshittification
    If you’ve been seeing or hearing enshittify or enshittification in the last week or so, you have one man to thank: Cory Doctorow, the journalist, sci-fi writer, and co-author of the new book Chokepoint Capitalism: …
    By Nancy Friedman, 1,326 words

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  15. tony thorne | language and innovation
    “language and innovation.” 🇬🇧

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    LEVITY – OR LEVY-T?
    Wordplay to keep the world at bay We are halfway through January now. The Holibobs are over and we have come to the end of Chrimbo Limbo – that uncertain period between Christmas and New …
    By TT, 410 words

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