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50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Language

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April 16 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a little book that is loved and admired throughout American academe. Celebrations, readings, and toasts are being held, and a commemorative edition has been released.

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Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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On the panel show A Good Read (Radio 4, October 17, 2014), each guest recommends a book, which the other guests also read and discuss. And Pinker’s recommendation for a good read was … The Elements of Style?!

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′A′ Is for . . . - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Assholes have been around for ages—even if the word′s figurative use is modern. (It was soldier slang during World War II.) But something has changed. Consider Donald Trump, an unquestioned asshole in the eyes of James and Nunberg.

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The Author Signal: Nietzsche’s Typewriter and Medium Theory

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Category: Language

From stunlaw.blogspot.co.uk

With digital forms, new ways of presenting and storing knowledge are also constructed, not just the relational database, but also object-oriented, graph and other forms, and which people are increasingly familiar with as modes of practice in relation to manipulating knowledge.

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Well-chosen words - FT.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Category: Language

From www.ft.com

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Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented : The New Yorker

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Category: Language

From www.newyorker.com

Since at least the Middle Ages, philosophers and philologists have dreamed of curing natural languages of their flaws by constructing entirely new idioms according to orderly, logical principles. Inventing new forms of speech is an almost cosmic urge that stems from what the linguist Marina Yaguello, the author of “Lunatic Lovers of Language,” calls “an ambivalent love-hate relationship.

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Studying Sanskrit berfrois

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Category: Language

From www.berfrois.com

Within India, Sanskrit is promoted largely by conservative and nationalist factions, and their take on the antiquity and expressiveness of the language is rather different from anything that a linguist or a scholar could assent to about any natural language.

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Indo-European languages originated in Anatolia, research suggests

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Category: Language

From www.sciencedaily.com

The Indo-European languages belong to one of the widest spread language families of the world. For the last two millenia, many of these languages have been written, and their history is relatively clear.

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Riddled with irregularity

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Category: Language

From www.prospectmagazine.co.uk

Languages are extremely diverse, but they are not arbitrary. Behind the bewildering, contradictory ways in which different tongues conceptualise the world, we can sometimes discern order. Linguists have traditionally assumed that this reflects the hardwired linguistic aptitude of the human brain.

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Language Log

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Category: Language

From languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu

Looking at the decade-by-decade ratio of counts of "communal" words to counts of "individualistic" words, it′s hard to see any serious recent trend. (Though the numbers are big enough that the increasing ratio over the past three decades (in favor of "communal" words) could probably be argued to be "statistically significant", in some sense of that so-often-meaningless phrase.

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