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  • "Do I not like that"

    Published: 19/01/2017
    Graham Taylor has died at the age of 72, after a long and varied career as a manager and coach of English football teams. But this is Language Log, not English Football Log, and so we'll leave the obs ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • How do dogs understand words?

    Published: 19/01/2017
    I imagine that few dog owners haven’t wondered, as they watched their pet sniff with profound absorption at a patch of grass, how a dog might explain the attractions of the olfactory world if he had t ... Read more
  • New York high school Chinese test

    Published: 19/01/2017
    Zhuang Pinghui, in the South China Morning Post (1/18/17) has an article that is truly baffling:  "US high school Chinese test stumps internet users in China". A high school in New York has produced a ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • The perils of pronunciation

    Published: 17/01/2017
    Distinguishing between "four" and "ten" in rapid, slurred Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) is not always easy:  sì 四 vs. shí 十.  Try saying sìshísì 四十四 ("forty-four") quickly and it starts to feel like ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Just Placing it out there

    Published: 17/01/2017
    Similar to the phrase "just putting that out there", but it is usually said more as suggestion, particularly when the person saying it lacks confidence that his answer or solution is correct ... Read more
  • Après Babel in Marseilles

    Published: 16/01/2017
    At La Musée des Civilizations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée in Marseilles, there's an exposition called "Après Babel, Traduire", which includes a translated version of "The directed graph of stere ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • MLK day: Pitch range

    Published: 16/01/2017
    In honor of MLK day, I've replicated something that Corey Miller did for a term paper in an introductory phonetics course in the early 1990s. The point of the exercise is that any given speaker can ex ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Irinarkh Vvedensky, Intrusive Translator.

    Published: 16/01/2017
    I happened on a passage in The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel which I thought was interesting enough to post here. Julie Buckler, after describing how familiar Russian readers were with even m ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
  • The Charts of Reper.

    Published: 15/01/2017
    I’m reading Goncharov’s Фрегат “Паллада,” toggling back and forth between the Russian text and the translation, The Frigate Pallada, done by one Klaus Goetze, who says in the P ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
  • Zhou Youguang 1906-2017

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Zhou xiansheng, You were my dear friend for decades.  I wish that you had gone on living forever.  You will be sorely missed, but yours was a life well lived. As the "Father of Pinyin", you have had a ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • The perils of literacy

    Published: 14/01/2017
    I see this on zdic (online dictionary of Literary Sinitic / Classical Chinese) from time to time: The inscription says: Rénshēng shìzì yōuhuàn shǐ 人生識字憂患始 ("misery / suffering / worry / hardship begin ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • "You have foraged relationships with many presidents"

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Here's the transcript of that John Lewis exchange w @chucktodd, via @SZilberstein https://t.co/HIFbpKx4WX pic.twitter.com/a8GFM0iMeH — Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) January 13, 2017 Accordi ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • IBM's "THINK" motto

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Photograph taken by Hervé Guérin in the main lobby of IBM France: First we have to determine what IBM means by its famous slogan.  Here are some of the many meanings of "think":  "ponder; reflect (on) ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Monumental laughing face

    Published: 14/01/2017
    From an anonymous reader, who spotted this photograph on Instagram, where it was posted by nanorie, who has given her permission to repost it: The LL reader says: [I] was amused by the peculiar blend ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
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