Link love: language (31)

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

On ise and –ize.

Conjugating the Werewolf.

The problem with cutesy voices.

Capitalisation in E. E. Cummings’ name.

Anglo-EU translation guide.

Estuary English in the 21st century.

Why do French babies cry differently to German babies?

University of Chicago completes its Assyrian/Akkadian Dictionary.

England’s regional accents continue to move and mutate.

Index of garbledness as a cyptographic tool.

Slang, the poetry of everyday life (PDF).

The dramatic history of the letter H.

The Internet Archive’s physical archive of books.

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

Catalog or catalogue? A library dilemma. (PDF)

A world without standardised/-ized spelling.

Using commas with appositives.



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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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