It’s past time for a linkfest, so here’s a selection of items from the world of language and linguistics that caught my eye in recent months.
Normally I include some audio material, but I’ll save that for a post on podcasts in the hopefully-not-too-distant future. In the meantime, happy reading.
White emoji, black skin.
Losing your native language.
Icelandic: a lively linguistic fossil.
The globe-trotting history of golazo.
Irish English for the non-Irish (PDF).
Saving Stephen Hawking’s synthetic voice.
How grammar superstitions can unravel good writing.
How the Brothers Grimm changed historical linguistics.
Something interesting is happening to exclamation marks!
The challenges of lexicography in the digital age.
How Latinx crosses the frontiers of language.
What should we call the next generation?
‘She never saw a dog and didn’t smile.’
Got vs. gotten in UK and US English.
Did Neanderthals have language?
Synaesthesia is not a metaphor.
The Accentism Project.
Interviews with linguists.
Passive voice used by zombies.
Acrostics in football league tables.
Cheese and other weird bookmarks.
The changing complexity of sentences.
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Code-switching is still a tough sell, even in schools.
Common sayings that have lost their original meanings.
Punctuation spoken aloud as discourse markers dot dot dot.
Superman is self-conscious about his Kryptonian accent.
Where does the farewell phrase So long come from?
Interactive Album of Mediaeval Palaeography.
The poetic use of –ing words in linguistics.
Turn-taking in animal communication.
How do evidential languages work?
Place names in Irish sayings.
Lost in robo-translation.
Why is a beeline straight?
12 likes for you to like.
The Prodigal Tongue.
Gammon as an insult.
The rapid rise of wellness.
Dictionary.com covers emojis.
How to write a good book review.
The enduring appeal of Esperanto.
The shallowness of Google Translate.
Why cartoon villains have foreign accents.
Children’s word of the year is plastic (PDF).
How the letters of the alphabet got their names.
How English swear words went from holy to shit.
The value (and scarcity) of regional dialects in literature.
The OED is looking for your regional words and expressions.
For language researchers: 14-billion-word iWeb corpus (PDF).
We’re less prone to superstition when we think in a foreign language.
The mystery of Zipf’s Law: