Links, links, dozens of links! About language, linguistics, literature, and wordy stuff. Most are for reading, some (🎙) for listening.
How we read emoji.
The language of the hand.
Linguistic relativity: a primer.
‘Saying the quiet part out loud’.
Is AI really mastering language?
Toward a theory of the New Weird.
The many 👉 functions of pointing 👈.
People still prefer to read physical books.
The changing politics of the Russian language.
Bat singing, babbling, and other vocalizations (🎙).
Collecting Madeline Kripke’s dictionaries and the M-W Archive.
The origins of punching up and punching down (🎙).
OED100: Updating and expanding the OED.
Colourless green ideas before Chomsky.
Fictional gestures in sci-fi and fantasy.
The spread of subtitles on TikTok.
On reading from the ancients.
Making and taking decisions.
17 words from Japanese.
The Koko project (🎙).
Why writers write.
New French words.
a piece of cake.
The Murray Scriptorium.
A pretty informal adverb?
On finishing Finnegans Wake.
The violent origins of well-heeled.
On the element of surprise in writing.
A glossary of editorial and publishing terms.
Emily Wilson on a classic translator’s dilemma.
The effects of storytelling on children in hospital.
What is the subject of a sentence? (Don’t ask Google.)
The politics of the Asturian language in Spain.
Saving Taiwan’s indigenous languages.
Inside the Oxford English Dictionary.
Why we say You’re welcome (🎙).
Seamus Heaney on dictionaries.
The United Fonts of America.
Speaking of prejudice (🎙).
Tackling linguistic racism.
You can, and you may.
Fun with speech balloons by Bizarro:
* Not a word I use often, but I included it in a recent essay, ‘How well read should editors be?’