Some language-related articles and links that caught my eye recently:
Writers and kitties.
The rules for long S.
Is conversate a word?
Why we need hyphens.
Varieties of final element -s.
Aitch dropping and restoring.
The field of linguistics (diagram).
Can you “fall between the cracks”?
The, um, usefulness of, uh, disfluencies.*
Gender stereotypes in toy ad vocabulary.
How long should we cling to a word’s meaning?
Listening to rap for the first time, with a book critic.
The language of food: macaroons, macarons, and macaroni.
Hypophora, chiasmus, and isocolon – you hear them all the time.
More like St. Smellmo: derogatory nicknames for places: one, two.
Words are food & weapons, words are a liquid, language is a tongue.
Dan Everett on linguistic fieldwork & the Pirahã language (PDF, 327KB).
Finally, two recent publications generated a lot of discussion (So I might add more links):
* See also: Well, you know, it’s how we talk.