For your weekend reading and viewing pleasure, a selection of recent language-related links from around the web:
Love letters to trees.
How to design a metaphor.
Two medieval monks invent writing.
The United Swears of America, in maps.
On the political power of African American names.
Asperitas: the first new cloud name since 1951.
The emerging science of human screams.
Telegraphic abbreviations of the 19thC.
Secret language games, aka ludlings.
Managing weight in typeface design.
Zodiac signs for linguists.
A stone talking to itself.
A world of languages (infographic).
Argotopolis, or, a map of London slang.
Discussing Chicago style and subversive editing (video).
Linguistic errors are a routine part of cognition.
Women and men use hashtags differently.
On resurrecting a childhood language.
Name signs in the Deaf community.
Anglo Saxon London map.
Who ‘flaunts’ what?
The science of word aversion.
On the functions and future of emoji.
How English is changing German grammar.
Accent tagging – YouTube’s citizen dialectology.
Allen Ginsberg on censorship and the politics of language (video).
Is there a shift from writing back towards orality?
How new words are spreading across the US.
A sociolinguistic history of cup and mug.
Sarcasm on the internet is srs bsns.
The case for lowercase internet.
The evolution of profanity.
How did we get the heebie-jeebies?
A handy list of bogus grammar rules.
How sign languages make use of the feet.
Merriam-Webster’s index of backwards words.
What exactly is Universal Grammar, and has anyone seen it?
Temperature and tone: how climate may affect language.
Why Indian-Americans dominate spelling bees.
The phonetics of pop-punk singing accents.
On the ‘supremely leisurely’ start of writing.
A giant corpus of Reddit comments.
And finally, phonological illusions:
(Lots more in the links archive.)