Four blogs on language and linguistics

Today I want to briefly mention* four language/linguistics blogs that deserve your attention and might not have broached your radar.

Actually I linked to Glossologics lately, but there’s lots of new posts since. Its emphasis is on etymology – origins of words and phrases – but there’s plenty of other stuff too: on foreign grammar, writing systems, language learning and more. Writer Alex Tigers updates it regularly with tasty linguistic morsels – and apparently she makes the best chocolate cake, though regrettably I can’t confirm this.

Word Jazz is “a celebration of linguistic creativity” from Matt Davis, a linguistics postgrad in London who is fascinated by all things language. The blog debuted at the start of this year and so far has looked at several aspects of linguistic creativity, such as vowels in pop music, lexical combinations, and the colourful life of adverbs (“the garden glittered greenly in the sun”).

the mashed radish will also be of interest to etymology fans. It’s written by language hobbyist John Kelly, who by his own admission is obsessed with English etymologies and the “stories our words tell about us”. Over the last few weeks he has delved into the histories of bask, self and other, and various citrus fruits: all sorts of everything etymological.

Finally, …And Read All Over is the brainchild of linguistics major Joe McVeigh, champion of free-form grammar and Robert Burchfield, Original Gangster. Notwithstanding its satirical tendencies, the blog has a serious side; recent posts have discussed the language instinct debate, and academic and marketing applications of corpus linguistics. He reviews books too.

All four are well worth visiting, and perhaps bookmarking or subscribing if their subject matter and style appeal.

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* Not I want briefly to mention, which would mean something quite different, split infinitive watchers.

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12 Responses to Four blogs on language and linguistics

  1. John Kelly says:

    Thank you for the shout-out, and for hipping me to Word Jazz and Read All Over. I’ll add that if you need a note of clarification on Greek or Modern Greek, Alex Tigers can be of great help.

  2. Joe McVeigh says:

    Whoa! Easy there, Stan. You’re goning to blow up my stat meter. J/k, thanks for the plug and for letting me know about the other blogs.

  3. Stan says:

    John: You’re welcome, and I second your note on Alex, who is a mine of information and good cheer.

    Joe: Hardly! But I hope you do get a few new readers out of this. Enjoy browsing the other blogs.

  4. C says:

    Awesome, more blogs to check out. Thanks Stan. :)

  5. Nurn says:

    Yay! like a mini link love!

  6. bfootgrrl says:

    This “split infinitive watcher” (who’s nevertheless been known to split a few occasionally) would suggest that “to mention briefly” in your first sentence’s construction would work perfectly well for your meaning. IMHO.

    More important, thanks for the blog recommendations!

  7. I’ve been waiting for a chance to look at these. Having now found time for a browse, I can say they look like good blogs, but I won’t be adding any of them to my regular reading list just yet. I’ll happily follow links to their posts, though, when the occasion arises.

    I used to have a long list of language blogs on my sidebar, but gradually whittled it down to the ones I particularly looked forward to visiting. A new blog would have to impress me a lot to get on that list, but I’m open to the possibility. Kory’s is still the most recent addition.

    The etymology blogs remind me that I used to enjoy the Podictionary blog (I never thought much of the podcast). Checking my blog archives, I see that I linked to Podictionary articles twice, once to the entry on satellite and once to orangutan.

    I wouldn’t want to rule on how Glossologics or The Masked Radish compare to the precedent set by Podictionary, because each blog has its own style and will find its own balance between being informative and entertaining. But I do think it had qualities worth emulating.

  8. Stan says:

    bfootgrrl: You’re very welcome. I agree, “to mention briefly” would work perfectly well. But so does “to briefly mention”, and I have a secret agenda that involves trying to get split-infinitive-peevers more used to the construction.

    Adrian: I know what you mean. I encounter new and worthwhile blogs every week, language-related and otherwise, and I have to be parsimonious with my time and resist subscribing to very many more. I remember the long list of language blogs you used to link to from The Outer Hoard, and was gratified that Sentence first made the cut. Podictionary was very enjoyable; I liked how it situated words in cultural contexts and presented their histories as stories.

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