Link love: language (31)

A grab-bag of language-related links that caught my eye lately:

Conjugating the Werewolf.

The problem with cutesy voices.

Anglo-EU translation guide.

On -ise and -ize.

Capitalisation in E. E. Cummings’ name.

Etymology of newfangled and pagan.

Estuary English in the 21st century.

Why do French babies cry differently to German babies?

University of Chicago completes its Assyrian/Akkadian Dictionary.

Slang, the poetry of everyday life (PDF).

The dramatic history of the letter H.

England’s regional accents continue to move and mutate.

Word usage predicts romantic attraction: report, paper (PDF).

The Internet Archive’s physical archive of books.

A world without standardised/-ized spelling.

Using commas with appositives.

Catalog or catalogue? A library dilemma. (PDF)

Scobberlotchers.”

Late entry: Index of garbledness as a cyptographic tool.

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3 Responses to Link love: language (31)

  1. John Cowan says:

    William Safire (may his memory be a blessing) discussed the question of cataloging with the head of the Library of Congress’s Cataloging in Publication department (examine the copyright page of any book printed in the U.S. for details). He wanted them to change it to Cataloging-in-Publication: AFAIK there was no discussion of changing the spelling back to cataloguing or forward to catalogging.

    The head replied that changing everything from letterhead to instructions for publishers would cost about a million dollars, and he thought that the Library of Congress had better things to spend a million dollars on.

  2. Ben T-S says:

    Thanks so much for the link, Stan! Although the recommendation here I really have to second is UChicago’s Assyrian/Akkadian dictionary. Really fantastic.

  3. Stan says:

    John: It’s very difficult, I suppose, to estimate the long-term worth of changing or not changing the word’s spelling. I don’t mind any of the forms, even catalogging, but for practical reasons it’s unfortunate that it diverged.

    Ben: My pleasure. Yes, the Assyrian/Akkadian dictionary is a terrific achievement – and a fascinating work, though I’ve only dipped into it so far.

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