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Blogs about Language

22 blogs about Language.

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

    Blog Update
    No post this month; it's been overwhelmingly busy in my personal life. I'm working on a relatively large project documenting three decades of sound change, and I've had a lot less time to devote to …
    97 words

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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!” 🇺🇸

    2023-06-02 00:34
    lingthusiasm:Bonus 76: Linguistic jobs beyond academia | PatreonBonus 76: Linguistic jobs beyond academiaLinguistics professors are some of the most visible career role models that you see if you’re taking courses in linguistics (since they’re teaching …
    251 words

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  3. Arnold Zwicky's Blog
    “A blog mostly about language.”

    Walking: the purple plums of Palo Alto
    For a long time during the winter rains this year, I couldn’t go walking in my neighborhood, since I had no way to protect myself (with both hands on my walker) or the walker itself …
    By arnold zwicky, 633 words

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  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. 🇮🇱

    pakach and pikuach nefesh
    In a recent episode of his great podcast Streetwise Hebrew, host Guy Sharett reviews words deriving from the root פקח. He discusses the meaning and usage of such words as:פִּקּוּחַ pikuach - "supervision, inspection"מְפַקֵּחַ mifakeach …
    By Balashon, 547 words

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

    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

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  6. Fritinancy
    “Names, brands, writing, and the language of commerce.” By Nancy Friedman. 🇺🇸

    Word of the week: Internym
    I figured I was pretty well acquainted with the -nym family, from acronym and backronym to mononym and toponym. (If you need a refresher, see Mike Pope’s 2013 column for the Visual Thesaurus, “What’s in …
    By Nancy Friedman, 658 words

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    By Gareth Rees. 🇬🇧

    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

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  8. grammaticus
    “weekly posts on literature, languages, and learning.” By Nenad Knezevic. 🇷🇸

    Quotes from Anne Brontë’s novel ‘Agnes Grey’
    Anne was the youngest of the three celebrated Brontë sisters. Born in 1820, she spent most of her life living with her immediate family in Haworth, Yorkshire. Sadly, she died when she was only 29, …
    By Nenad Knežević, 927 words

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  9. The Ideophone
    “Sounding out ideas on language, vivid sensory words, and iconicity.” By Mark Dingemanse. 🇳🇱

    Consolidating iconicity research
    Readers of this blog know that I believe serendipity is a key element of fundamental research. There is something neatly paradoxical about this claim. We might like ‘key elements’ to be plannable so that we …
    By mark, 1,377 words

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  10. Inky Fool
    “Being the weblog of Mark Forsyth.” 🇬🇧

    Today is Mayday
    Today is the first of May, or that's what Shakespeare thought, as did all proper Englishmen. May, for him, ran from May 11th to June 10th. The reason for this is reasonably simple. Ancient folk …
    By M.H. Forsyth, 795 words

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

    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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    By Language Hat. 🇺🇸

    No Books for Shameless Youths!
    I got this from Avva, and I confess that while I was reading it (in Russian), I assumed it was a rant from relatively recent times — say, my grandfather’s day. Imagine my surprise when …
    By languagehat, 649 words

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

    Unknown language #15
    Yuan (? dynasty (1271-1368) jade seal in the Bristol Museum: My first impression is that this is derived from ʼPhags-pa or a related script used to write Mongolian or other languages of the Mongol …
    By Victor Mair, 182 words

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  14. 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. 🇺🇸

    These Names Define Your State’s Baby Name Style
    Local taste isn’t just about what you like best. It’s about what you like more than everyplace else. While names like Olivia and Liam are favorites from coast to coast, only one state has made …
    By LauraWattenberg, 135 words

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

    “Brassed off”
    “So who should be most brassed off by this show?”–Jason Farago, New York Times, June 1, 2023, in reference to “It’s Pablo-Matic,” an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, which he did not like. When I …
    By Ben Yagoda, 472 words

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  16. Oxford English Dictionary – Blog

    Oxford Languages Summer Placement 2023
    The Oxford Languages Department at Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that it will be running a virtual paid summer placement for 2023, which will run for five weeks from Monday 10 July to …
    By Georgia Stride, 840 words

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

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

    How Gaia theory got its name
    I was familiar, in outline, with how Gaia theory got its name: that the novelist William Golding, being well versed in the classics, suggested it to his friend James Lovelock on a walk one day, …
    By Stan Carey, 1,167 words

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

    baggage and luggage
    results of a Google search for "luggage"I'm reading Ingrid Paulsen's The emergence of American English as a discursive variety (it's open-access, so you can read it in PDF. But note: it is definitely an academic …
    By lynneguist, 1,012 words

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

    Miscellany № 100: hitting the century
    I never meant for the numbering of these posts to have any significance other than to tell them apart, but it’s still gratifying to have hit the century after (checks notes) a mere eleven years …
    By Keith Houston, 81 words

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