A more-or-less-monthly roundup of links on language, grammar, usage, writing, linguistics and such things. Browse at will and click your fill.
Do animals have accents?
Irish language used in space.
Why tongue twisters are hard to say.
Digital Dütsch: the rise of Swiss German writing.
From corpus to dictionary: how lexicographers use databases.
A history of –ise vs. –ize.
If and when you say if and when.
Grammar rules and the persistence of ignorance.
Morality, dictionaries, and the Voice of Authority.
Men and women use uptalk differently.
The cyberpragmatics of bounding asterisks (*happy dance*).
Wet your whistle and whet your appetite.
How to write an academic introduction.
Laughter among deaf signers.
Why pick on adverbs?
The grammar of newspaper headlines.
Is decimate the peeve to beat all peeves?
How not to test English language competence.
The Alphabet Man and his twig letters.
How did X and O come to represent affection?
Kick ass: a once-vulgar phrase goes mainstream.
Prepositions are not what they’re claimed to be.
Mother languages and identity in Zimbabwe.
Mapping languages in England and Wales.
Documenting Aramaic before it disappears.
On coherence in speech and its lack in academic writing.
Grammar badness makes cracking harder the long password.
The man who couldn’t speak – and how he revolutionized psychology.
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