A quick roundup of links on language, words, and linguistics in the news and around the web over the last few weeks (plus one or two from the archives):
The linguistics of ventriloquism.
Exclamation marks in graphic design.
Linguistic maps of the world, 1741.
A monumental curse.
The importance of paragraphs.
Is this what Proto-Indo-European sounded like?
Cute little Cholera Plague: the worst baby names in history.
Ironic dictionary of literary terms.
Rickrolling in Klingon.
A tip-top primer on reduplication.
Joseph Stalin’s passion for editing.
A lingua-licious tour of libfixes.
Do marmosets take turns to communicate?
[Update: more on marmoset conversation from Margaret Wilson.]
Dog fooding, yak shaving: hacker terms for Ada Lovelace Day.
How old is TGIF?
The rise of the text tattoo.
On criticising “poor grammar”.
A hithertofore unrecognised neologism.
Words through which the root curr- courses.
How early modern English grammar differs from today’s.
Why dictionaries define words everyone supposedly knows.
Holy Sh*t and the history of swearing (book review).
The Seeing Speech phonetics project.
Are poisonous and venomous mutually distinct?
BuzzFeed and Duolingo are crowdsourcing translation.
The Chicago Manual of Style chats with Ben Zimmer.
Accent discrimination in the UK.
Linguistic ruin? LOL! A study of teens’ instant messaging language (PDF).
The poetics of babytalk (PDF).
Are Elvish, Klingon, Na’vi and Dothraki real languages?