To keep at bay the ever-present danger of running out of things to read on the internet, here’s a selection of language-related links I’ve enjoyed in recent weeks.
For hardboiled hacks and editors: Grammarnoir 5.
How pointing makes babies human.
Cucumber map of Europe.
Animated pop-up books.
Kán yu andastánd wot aim seiing?
A classical alphabet in rhyming form.
The genealogical etymology of scalawag.
Instead of awesome.
The psycholinguistics of CAPTCHAs.
Anzac, possie, furphy: words from Gallipoli.
Paper vs. screens: the reading brain in the digital age.
GloWbE, a new 1.9b word corpus of global web-based English.
Real rules vs. grammar myths (PDF).
Our many synonyms for death.
On newspapers’ use of illegal immigrants.
What’s the collective noun for collective nouns?
Language structure is partly determined by social structure.
Analysing elephant signals and gestures.
Language, like immigration, is “thoroughly untidy”.
How Vesalius’s anatomical metaphors broke the mould in 1543.
Archive of the indigenous languages of Latin America.
Twitter language map of Melbourne.