It’s been a month, more or less, since my last set of language links. Here’s the latest batch of articles and videos I’ve enjoyed in recent weeks, or unearthed from further back:
Glossologics, a very interesting blog on languages and word history.
Auden and the OED.
Phonetic pitfalls of shm- reduplication.
Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland.
Editing The Witches for Roald Dahl.
Journalism is home to this cliché.
Test basic spelling and apostrophe use at high speed.
The world’s most beautiful miniature books.
Rachel Jeantel’s language in the Zimmerman trial.
A brief history of yippee-ki-yay.
Familects: the secret language of families.
Europe’s new vocabulary of economic pain.
Your more/less ethnic-sounding name.
Speaking of which: Padraig versus Starbucks.
How technology threatens sign languages.
What to do about impactful?
While bending over backwards with idioms, don’t put your foot in it.
Why do we have both a and an?
Fascinating discussion on quotation mark history.
Forensic stylometry; or, how Robert Galbraith was revealed as J.K. Rowling.
Begging the question – why all the fuss?
Confessions of a recovering pedant.
Perthshire Cant – a secret Scottish language heading for extinction.
Digitising Joseph Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary.
7 theories on the origin of dongle.
Musical training and second language acquisition (podcast).
Joseph O’Connor, like, likes like:
US accents: where and why?