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It’s hard to have an unusual name in China | 1843
Those with an unusual character in their name (or more than 4 characters) often can't use computer systems.
linguistics  personal_net  china  via:reddit 
july 2018 by mcherm
Watch "Profanity" on YouTube
Part 1 of an essay on profanity and how it relates to cultural taboos. US culture shiften recently, relaxing about sex, religion, and bodily functions but fiercely enforcing strict policies on race and other group identities.
linguistics  words  via:reddit 
may 2018 by mcherm
A linguist comments on Donald Trump's speaking patterns
"Waterbug speech" where you skim the surface of a statement but don't enter it.
linguistics  DonaldTrump  via:reddit 
january 2018 by mcherm
Toki Pona: A Language With a Hundred Words - The Atlantic
A weird attempt to create a language with an unbelievably small vocabulary.
april 2017 by mcherm
Japan’s interpreters struggle to make sense of 'Trumpese' | The Japan Times
Translating Trump is hard. Also controversial: translate as said and make him sound stupid and disjointed, or "clean it up"?
DonaldTrump  linguistics  via:reddit 
february 2017 by mcherm
How mathematical language might be different if more mathematicians were wome
The analogy to cloth is actually WAY better language than what we actually use.
math  via:reddit  linguistics 
january 2017 by mcherm
Talking to In-laws Can Be Hard. In Some Languages, It’s Impossible. -
Example: the rules of the language prohibit a wife from saying any word with the same first syllable as their father-in-law's name.
linguistics  nytimes  via:reddit 
january 2017 by mcherm
The Washington Post Style guide adopts singular "they"
The keeper of their style guide justifies this and several other changes.
via:reddit  linguistics  language 
december 2015 by mcherm
Blog editorial guidelines | David R. MacIver
Use "they" for gender non-specific pronouns, even over someone's mild objections but not over their strong objections. I like that policy.
DavidMacIver  via:DavidMacIver  mypostings  grammar  linguistics 
september 2013 by mcherm
Is there an equivalent of "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs" for English phonemes? : linguistics
All English language sounds: The beige hue on the waters of the loch impressed all, including the French queen, before she heard that symphony again, just as young Arthur wanted.
language  linguistics  via:reddit 
february 2013 by mcherm
Locale::Maketext::TPJ13 -
A really EXCELLENT description of the problems with translation (particularly localization of software). The key conclusion is that the translation unit should be the sentence, not the phrase, and that if a sentence needs stuff interpolated in it then a *function* is needed, not a template, because grammar can transform an entire sentence when injecting a single word.
programming  i18n  translation  linguistics 
january 2011 by mcherm
Language Log: Lying feminist ideologues wreck English, says Yale prof
A well-written note about the use of "they" for the singular pronoun of indeterminate gender.
linguistics  gender  grammar 
march 2008 by mcherm
Language Log: You say feminine, I say masculine, let's call the whole thing off
Native French speakers are apparently loosing their knowledge of what gender various words are. Gender in French is basically arbitrary, so this is a very interesting development and may, given a generation or two, be permanent.
linguistics  research  science  gender 
february 2008 by mcherm
Log -- David Chess
A short-short scifi piece about aliens and language.
linguistics  scifi 
february 2008 by mcherm

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