It’s about a month since my last linkfest on language, words and books, so here’s a bumper new batch. Most are articles or blog posts, and there’s a few talks as well. Happy reading and listening.
Semicolons: a love story.
Why we swear (radio show).
Can synaesthesia be learned?
The rise of the tweet.
Text play in the N+7 Machine.
Nice post on linguistic tails, this.
On subtitling vulgarities in Hindi films.
Puns and sound symbolism in Dickens’s character names.
When languages reject speakers.
Alphabet rhyme from 1850s London.
The JR family’s problems with language processing.
Why ahead of is fine for sequencing events.
Notes on the linguistics of lolspeak.
A new peeve: the plural of vinyl.
The silence of Trappist monks.
Can we prepone acceptance of Indian English?
The importance of good book editing.
Infeasible or unfeasible? Experts disagree.
Podcast on invented languages: Esperanto, Lojban, Klingon et al.
How geography may shape cultural and linguistic diversity.
Linguistic analysis of should of.
The politics of bilingual greetings (“Bonjour, hi”) in Montreal.
Kate Burridge talks about euphemisms.
A short introduction to Old English from the OED.
More carved book landscapes.*
Who and what is responsible for sound changes?
The evolution of human cognition (PDF).
How do Metafilter users say MeFi?
The changing role and design of book covers.
David Crystal chats about language and his interest in linguistics.
* Guy Laramee’s earlier book sculptures appeared in Link love 39.