This month’s Lingthusiasm episode was about Translating the Untranslatable (transcript) and the bonus episode was about the Grammar of Swearing (a tweet about our topic inspiration). We added a Teaching page with episodes listed by topic to the Lingthusiasm website. It was our one-year anniversary on Patreon and we hit our goal of commissioning some lingthusiastic art for everyone to enjoy!
Lingthusiasm was also featured on Dictionary.com’s list of best podcasts about language.
People really seemed to like this tweet about how I’m literally writing a whole book defending internet language.
- “pter” in “helicopter” has the same Indo-European root as “feather”, by the same sound changes that makes “pater” and “father” related
- Today in Languages Carving Up The World Slightly Differently: Gretchen tries to ask for a slice of lemon in French (thread)
- People With Strong Opinions About Purples
- That’s the kind of linguist I’m.
- “Students are spending so much time listening to the radio and driving around in motor cars that they have no time for good reading”
- This is a wug, a novel word. / It’s new to you (it’s not a bird) / You don’t already know its plural, do ya?
- There are so many ways to be a fan of language that don’t involve nitpicking
- On videochat etiquette
Selected blog posts:
- Icelandic language battles threat of “digital extinction”
- Deflecting “how are you” and “how many languages do you know” with Gricean Maxims
- An anti-linguistic discrimination limerick for Grammar Day
- Linguistic accommodation
- “We see value in speaking two languages, but we don’t see value in speaking two dialects. Maybe it’s time we did.”
- This Egyptian bird has declared himself “your evil son”
- Linguistics takes on the “Hallelujah” meme
- Take the Dialects of American English survey
- This is the best meme poem and I will brook no arguments
- Proto-Algonquian Dictionary now online
- why would you do this / it just seems right?
- Linguistics jobs: university course coordinator
- The English “th” sound takes on the Distracted Boyfriend meme
This month’s bookshelfie is the linguistics section at La Bouquinerie du Plateau, a bookstore in Montreal.