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Blogs about Language

21 blogs about Language.

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

    From Stop to Flap and back to Stop
    Have you noticed that Americans pronounce words like 'kitty' and 'kiddy' the same? The 't' and 'd' both become a lighter sound - they become a flap. This is called 't-flapping', and it happens when …
    471 words

    Feed Roughly 11 posts per year. Started in .

  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!” 🇺🇸

    Episode 84: Look, it’s deixis, an episode about pointing!
    lingthusiasm:Pointing creates an invisible line between a part of your body and the thing you’re pointing at. Humans are really good at producing and understanding pointing, and it seems to be something that helps babies …
    776 words

    Feed Roughly four posts per month. Started in .

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

    Resist clever marketing
    … the slogan from a Funny Times magazine t-shirt ($30): (#1) [FT‘s ad copy:] Embrace the sweet irony of this nostalgic candy-themed tee! It’s a Funny Times exclusive and perfect for thoughtful candy lovers The …
    By arnold zwicky, 344 words

    Feed Roughly one post per day. Started in .

  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. 🇮🇱

    "Kohelet - A Map to Eden" is now available in Israel!
    My book, Kohelet - A Map to Eden is now fully available in Israel!It is available in many of the book stores in Israel that carry Judaica books in English, as well as on the …
    By Balashon, 86 words

    Feed Roughly three posts per month. Started in .

  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

    Feed Roughly one post per year. Started in .

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

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    Where in the world is Word of the Week?
    It’s moved to Substack, and it’s a quadfecta this week: three words and one name, all beginning with the letter D. Read and subscribe—it’s free! Here’s a preview of one of the words:
    By Nancy Friedman, 42 words

    Feed Roughly seven posts per month. Started in .

    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. 🇷🇸

    Book review: “In Search of Mycotopia” by Doug Bierend
    Over the past three years, possibly as an unexpected effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing, I’ve found myself exploring something I’d never expressed much interest in: mushrooms. It began innocently enough: as …
    By Waldmann, 75 words

    Feed Roughly one post per week. Started in .

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

    Pitfalls of fossil-thinking: a peer review II
    This is a the second part in a two part series of peer commentary on a recent preprint. The first part is here. I ended that post by noting I wasn’t sure all preprint authors …
    By mark, 3,685 words

    Feed Roughly two posts per month. Started in .

  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

    Feed Roughly one post per year. Started in .

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

    Two Bambara words in Gnawa songs of Meknes
    Across North Africa, small groups dominated by descendants of slaves brought from the Sahel preserve musical traditions, with ritual and medical functions, usually called Gnawa in Morocco, Diwan in Algeria, and Stambeli in Tunisia. Aguadé's …
    By Lameen Souag الأمين سواق, 485 words

    Feed Roughly eight posts per year. Started in .

    By Language Hat. 🇺🇸

    Yeshivishe reid.
    Composer Abie Rotenberg enjoys the potpourri that is Yeshivish Yiddish, and so will you. The start: VERSE 1: To originate a language, a new way to talk and speak, is a most imposing challenge, a …
    By languagehat, 157 words

    Feed Roughly one post per day. Started in .

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

    Share your language
    If you can't make up your mind what to do about something, then in French you would say "je suis partagé": I'm torn or divided over it. You can't decide what to do about it. …
    By Victor Mair, 821 words

    Feed Roughly one post per day. Started in .

  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. 🇺🇸

    Recognize This Guy? I Guarantee You Know His Name(s)
    Zachary is a much-loved name. It’s the one boy’s name that offers the zap of a Z in the package of a timeless biblical classic. Except Zachary isn’t timeless. In fact, through World War II …
    By LauraWattenberg, 508 words

    Feed Roughly two posts per month. Started in .

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

    “Jumper” Sighting
    I imagine “jumper” will never become a true, proper Not One-Off Britishism. That’s partly because it has (as I understand it) a precise American equivalent, “sweater,” and partly because, in the U.S., “jumper” refers to …
    By Ben Yagoda, 223 words

    Feed Roughly three posts per month. Started in .

  16. 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

    Feed Roughly two posts per year. Started in .

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

    Has ‘greenlit’ been greenlighted?
    The verb greenlight, or green-light, means to give something approval or permission to proceed: you give it the green light, metaphorically. What past-tense form of the verb would you use in these lines? HBO just …
    By Stan Carey, 2,014 words

    Feed Roughly 16 posts per year. Started in .

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

    so fun, such fun
    Long ago, I was asked about so fun versus such fun. Martin Ball, this one's for you! So, fun started out in English (1600s) as a verb meaning to 'trick, cheat, deceive'. You could fun …
    By lynneguist, 536 words

    Feed Roughly 15 posts per year. Started in .

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

    We have more winners!
    Congratulations to Robert Oesterreich and Fred Grant, winners of the second round of the Empire of the Sum giveaway! Their names were picked at random from the set of all entrants who replied to the …
    By Keith Houston, 87 words

    Feed Roughly four posts per month. Started in .

  20. Strong Language
    “A sweary blog about swearing.”

    Yeet that skeet into the blue sky
    Strong Language now has an account on Bluesky, Which means you can now get a skeet from Strong Language. Which, depending on what variety of English you use when you’re at home, and your …
    By sesquiotic, 1,085 words

    Feed Roughly one post per month. Started in .