the ‘-’ in ‘uh-oh’: If only more people were,... →
gobonkersnow: linguismstics: Last Friday I was watching Graham Norton and one of his guests, Miriam Margoyles, was commenting on the use of ‘like’ in English and ‘correcting’ Will.i.am and Adam Lambert – it was quite funny because all of them became so hyper-aware of ‘like’ that you…
My favorite sex-blogger/storyteller/graph-aficionado is back from a self-imposed, relationship-related blackout! I am so excited. No words turn me on as much as hers. I’m such a visual person, but the way this woman talks and thinks and writes… my gods. I wish I could write sex a fraction as well as she does. In fact, it’s blogs like hers that gave me a desire to write in the...
Prada goes future steampunk for its Fall men's...
iheartchaos: The Prada Menswear Fall/ Winter 2012 Collection, modeled by Gary Oldman, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell, and Willem Dafoe. I hate wearing suits, but it’s the 21st century— time to redesign suits for the future. And some of these look pretty pimp. Read More
Linguistics: The Science of Accents(via @io9) →
Brave is coming out this weekend, so we can all spend our weekend with melifluous Scottish accents ringing in our ears. But where exactly do accents come from in the first place?
allthingslinguistic: Google makes Endangered Languages Project website Google documenting endangered languages? I’m intrigued. Looks like a lot of the data is pretty incomplete at the moment though, so it will be interesting to see if this gets picked up by actual organizations involved in documentation/revitalization. (Spoiler: I do this kind of work, and I’m not sure myself...
Afternoon Reading: How Science is Helping You Find... →
You stop short in the middle of a sentence. Your eyes shift. You can practically feel your mind twisting, as it tries to wring out the word resting just behind your lips —
Facts about languages, linguistics and... →
iwannamarryalinguist: 1. Translation is a small, niche market. The global market for outsourced language services is worth more than US$33 billion in 2012. The largest segment of the market is written translation, followed by on-site interpreting and software localization. […] 2. The need for translation is fading away. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be 83,000...
Linguistics: Uh, don't criticize people for saying... →
We think of them as the sign of a slow mind, or verbal tics, but do these grunts actually serve a purpose, or even stand in for a useful mental function?
In Greek, the suffix -ma added to a verb stem signifies the result or effect of...– From Introduction to Phenomenology - Robert Sokolowski.
Evolution: What human traits were evolved only for... →
Some traits get passed down because they help animals stay alive. Some traits get passed down because they enhance fertility. And some traits get passed down because they just make creatures more sexually attractive. Which aspects of the human race only exist because at some point, enough of our…
davidstrider: stop scrolling a group of ferrets is referred to as a business of ferrets ok you can scroll again now
Started working on my Pimsleur Greek yesterday while on my way to work. It’s been almost a month. I went back a few lessons, and haven’t even thought Greek since then. I love the way it all comes flooding back, though. The ways the words spill off your tongue, the subtle shift in your thoughts. Magic. I forgot several of the verbs, but the conjugations, the morphemes, they all...
When I first started this blog, it was because I felt like I had a lot to say. Turns out I don’t. Hmm…
poʻo - head
hawaiianwotd: poʻo kanaka - human head Who you callin’ a poo head, Hawaiian?!
A Linguist Walks into a Bar...
allthingslinguistic: walkinthewords: An umlaut walks into a bär. A hyphen walks in-to a bar. A spoonerism balks into a war. A metathesis walks into a bra. A greengrocer walk’s into a bar. A snowclone walks into the mother of all bars. A superlative goes into a bar none. via Fritinancy And of course, a linguist walks into A-Bar.
katelion7: harpaea: do you ever think about how weird reading is our eyes are able to scan these different symbols and construct the scenarios and concepts they describe in our mind and these concepts have the power to twist our emotions and make us cry and laugh and wow reading is weird It is absolutely beautiful.
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable...– Carl Jung (via wavveringradiant)
Linguistic principles that would make life...
linguismstics: PEP: the Pirahã Exception Principle An innate principle that would say ‘whatever Chomskyan Universal Grammar posits, Pirahã is an exception to it.’
Linguismstics: /lɪŋˈgwɪzm̩stɪks/: Effects of Usage... →
linguismstics: The Chomskyan idea of Universal Grammar (a set of innate principles specific to language which is manifest in every human language and which a child may bring to the task of language acquisition) does not sit easily with the idea that a language’s grammar may be the result of cultural…
Anonymous asked: What's your name?
Fun linguistic fact of the day:
bellalinguista: mypetitmal: The English language only uses infixes in full word obscenities. Example: abso-fucking-lutely Ah, memories - this was my very first lesson in my intro to linguistics class. Ha, the lesson I just reviewed last night.
Things I do not need: More books.
Things I will keep buying: More books.