I haven’t done language links in a while, so I’ll share this set before it grows to an even more unwieldy size. The series is a sample of the links I share more regularly on Twitter, plus a few I haven’t. Happy reading.
A typeface made of trees.
How to make text look futuristic.
The language faculty that wasn’t.
The case for Black over African American.
A book known to the world only in translation.
Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?
Nouns that become verbs act as vivid linguistic shortcuts.
Gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals.
We don’t just see the world differently – we hear it differently too.
Thesis on the use of phonaesthemes (PDF) in different genres.
Analysing the somniloquies of a prolific sleep-talker.
Does bilingualism really offer cognitive benefits?
Why I stopped mispronouncing my Igbo name.
Can the Klingon language be copyrighted?
On being a white-sounding black person.
Gutenberg poetry autocomplete.
What is alphabetical order for?
Can transpire mean happen?
The island of lost words.
Surprising homonym pairs.
The enduring mystery of jawn.
The woolly origins of teddy bear.
The delightful history of -gh- in English.
The voice we hear (or don’t hear) when we read.
Flags from future grammar wars.
An Australian Kriol explainer.
Emily Dickinson Lexicon.
An alcohol language corpus.
The truth about speed-reading.
Linguistic analysis of Twin Peaks dialogue.
How to make anyone (appear to) say anything.
Conjunction or preposition? The grammar of than.
Beyoncé’s use of African American English in ‘Formation’.
Using neural networks to analyse 50k fonts and create new ones.
Euphemisms and weird interjections in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Has wondering when become a thing became a thing become a thing?
Anatoly Liberman: hunting unknown etymologies.
Happy fifth birthday, Superlinguo.
Farewell and thanks, Bookslut.
Is none singular or plural?