Happy new year to readers and visitors of Sentence first (which, I just noticed, turned ten last year). If you’re into language or linguistics, you should find a few things to interest you below. Don’t eat them all at once.
Why was writing invented?
Why do we call it a paperback?
Black English and who gets to use it.
The emotional portmanteau pentagram.
Morph: a blog about languages and how they change.
Tweetolectology: exploring language change via social media.
Using machines to understand ancient languages.
Northern Ireland slang with Jamie Dornan.
A podcast on the Philly accent.
Teachers: don’t do this.
Middle English Dictionary.
On English in African literature.
Smell can be coded in grammar (PDF).
American Dialect Society words of the year.
Linguistic discrimination is not ‘the last acceptable prejudice’.
Immersion, and sickness, in service of translation.
What ‘untranslatable’ words really tell us.
The Rune Cast: a podcast about runes.
Respect for Aretha Franklin’s slang.
On the need to rebrand ‘pests’.
So … let’s talk about so.
Farewell to Lingua Franca.
Linguistics on YouTube: a long list.
A wonderful example of language change.
Resisting the global dominance of English.
Mountain speech: the unique Appalachian dialect.
Why do we dislike hearing a recording of our own voice?
How to say yes and no in Irish, which has no words for yes and no.
What if English were phonetically consistent?