It has been one month since my last
confession confection of language links. Here, then, is a bumper assortment of linguistic treats for your weekend enjoyment:
Why English is like a wayward child.
Nouning: is accepting it a big ask?
The slang of Irvine Welsh.
Why do sign language interpreters look so animated?
Conlanging for hire.
Mumbling is macho.
When can right be an adverb?
Yolngu kinship terms and pronouns.
IPA vs. respelling.
‘Tis the season to shun holiday clichés.
A pinny for your thoughts.
The irrelephants of style.
Formality and the T-V distinction.
How to write with a baby.
A giant wall of colourful books.
Communal toilet ambiguity.
English words from Indian languages.
The etymology of bully.
7 ancient writing systems yet to be deciphered.
A dictionary of Ghanaian English.
Academic writing advice from Steven Pinker.
The new semiotics of punctuation.
No such thing as Scotch-Irish?
Analysing gender and speech variation on Twitter.
A new (internal) corpus of NYT usage.
The biological origin of linguistic diversity.