Sometimes ‘Proper’ Speech Isn’t Correct Speech

Contractions can be frowned upon. We’re gonna wanna rethink that.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #teachers-and-school-employees, #ukraine

Recording India’s Linguistic Riches as Leaders Push Hindi as Nation’s Tongue

Ganesh Devy has spent decades documenting India’s hundreds of distinct languages. Up next: a 12,000-year history of India he hopes will help counter the government’s Hindu-first campaign.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #content-type-personal-profile, #devy-ganesh-narayan, #discrimination, #hindi-language, #hinduism, #india, #language-and-languages, #modi-narendra, #muslims-and-islam, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government

How Gender Neutral Language Is Shaping the Fight for Abortion Rights

Progressive groups and medical organizations have adopted inclusive language, which has led to terms like “pregnant people” and “chestfeeding.”

#abortion, #american-cancer-society, #american-civil-liberties-union, #breastfeeding, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #discrimination, #gender, #language-and-languages, #womens-rights

‘Allinllachu.’ Google Translate Adds Quechua to Its Platform.

The addition of one of the most widely spoken Indigenous languages in the Americas could help public servants and health workers connect with their communities. (And by the way, ‘allinllachu’ means hello.)

#andes-mountains, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #peru, #quechua-language, #translation-and-interpreters

Misusing Words Like ‘Groomer’ Isn’t Just Wrong; It’s Dangerous

A child in danger cannot find safety if the language we use to define abuse is diluted.

#children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #language-and-languages, #sex-crimes

For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders

Many Ukraine citizens speak Russian as their first language. Volunteer organizations are helping them improve their Ukrainian and abandon “the occupiers’ language.”

#education-k-12, #language-and-languages, #lviv-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-language, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

I Think It’s Fine to Say ‘I Feel Like.’ I Reckon Others Do, Too.

Leaving room for disagreement is gracious, not timid.

#amazon-com-inc, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #pizza

The War in Ukraine Has Unleashed a New Word

In a creative play on three different languages, Ukrainians identify an enemy: ‘ruscism.’

#english-language, #language-and-languages, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-language, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #eno-brian, #facebook-inc, #language-and-languages, #musk-elon, #openai-labs, #software, #talese-gay, #writing-and-writers

Ketanji Brown Jackson Has an ‘African’ Name. I Wish We Knew More About It.

Its unspecified origin leaves a linguistic shoe undropped.

#equatorial-guinea, #ghana, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #language-and-languages, #poland, #roots-tv-program, #russia, #supreme-court-us

‘Meatspace’? Technology Does Funny Things to Language

Our words reveal a lot about changes in society.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #english-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages

Is Slang as Swell as It Used to Be? Yas!

But these days it’s easier to preserve it on the record.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #dictionaries, #hurston-zora-neale, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #looney-tunes, #minecraft-video-game, #slang, #urban-dictionary

Is Geometry a Language That Only Humans Know?

Neuroscientists are exploring whether shapes like squares and rectangles — and our ability to recognize them — are part of what makes our species special.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #artificial-intelligence, #brain, #computers-and-the-internet, #france, #language-and-languages, #mathematics, #monkeys-and-apes, #psychology-and-psychologists, #symbols, #your-feed-science

While Ukrainian Writers Read Poems, Russian Military Threatened Kyiv

Why are so many turning to poetry during this war?

#books-and-literature, #defense-and-military-forces, #language-and-languages, #odessa-ukraine, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-language, #ukraine, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

How Being a Polyglot Helps Me Solve Spelling Bee

A “woefully confused polyglot” discovers which non-English words have become common enough to count toward her Spelling Bee score.

#language-and-languages, #spelling-bee-game

A Tour of Writing’s History Bounces From Script to Script

In “The Greatest Invention,” Silvia Ferrara offers a dizzying and entertaining tour of written language.

#books-and-literature, #ferrara-silvia, #language-and-languages, #portnowitz-todd, #the-greatest-invention-a-history-of-the-world-in-nine-mysterious-scripts-book

For Lent, I Gave Up English

I wanted to give up a precious thing whose absence would make room for something revelatory.

#easter-and-holy-week, #language-and-languages, #lent

Why Are Other Languages Better at Conveying Feelings Than English?

Words that capture an entire culinary experience or mood — such as “utepils,” in Norwegian — are common in other languages. English has a few such words, too.

#english-language, #food, #japan, #language-and-languages, #mexico, #norway, #puzzles

Shining a Spotlight on the Art of Translation

Jennifer Croft, who translates the Nobel Prize-winning Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, is leading a push for her peers and their work to receive more recognition.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #croft-jennifer, #flights-book, #language-and-languages, #the-books-of-jacob-book, #tokarczuk-olga, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

How Yiddish Scholars Are Rescuing Women’s Novels From Obscurity

Works written decades ago, often by female Jewish immigrants, were dismissed as insignificant or unmarketable. But in the past several years, translators devoted to the literature are making it available to a wider readership.

#a-jewish-refugee-in-new-york-book, #books-and-literature, #diary-of-a-lonely-girl-or-the-battle-against-free-love-book, #dropkin-celia, #jews-and-judaism, #karpilove-miriam, #kirzane-jessica, #language-and-languages, #lempel-blume, #molodovsky-kadya, #national-yiddish-book-center, #norich-anita, #oedipus-in-brooklyn-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #two-feelings-book, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers, #yiddish-language

“Love Bombing,” “Gaslighting,” and the Rise of ‘Trauma-Talk’

“Love bombing,” “gaslighting,” “emotional labor.” On the pathologizing of everyday behaviors.

#brooklyn-nyc, #computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #language-and-languages, #love-emotion, #psychology-and-psychologists, #social-media, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #west-elm

Today’s Faux Pas, Tomorrow’s Comme Il Faut

Why linguists encourage what grammarians won’t.

#english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #the-new-york-times-stylebook-book

3,000 Years Ago, Britain Got Half Its Genes From France, DNA Study Suggests

An extensive study of ancient DNA suggests that a wave of newcomers — and perhaps the first Celtic languages — crossed the English Channel three millenniums ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #dairy-products, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #england, #france, #genetics-and-heredity, #immigration-and-emigration, #kent-england, #language-and-languages, #nature-journal, #reich-david-e-1974, #your-feed-science

What the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Says About Justice in America

Readers are worried about the precedent set by Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal. Also: The A.M.A., on the power of language.

#american-medical-assn, #firearms, #language-and-languages, #rittenhouse-kyle, #self-defense, #vigilantes

Barbara Kruger: Infinitely Copied, Still Unmatched

For decades this social critic has addressed the powerful influence of media, consumerism and politics. Her work anticipated how images and ideas are now disseminated.

#advertising-and-marketing, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #content-type-personal-profile, #kruger-barbara, #language-and-languages

Why Wokeness Has So Many Opponents

Perhaps no other word of the moment is so under attack as “woke.”

#carville-james, #critical-race-theory, #language-and-languages, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-conditions-and-trends, #united-states-politics-and-government

Burning, Crushing, Stabbing: How Words Affect Pain

The language you use could make a difference on the pain you feel.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #endometriosis, #language-and-languages, #pain, #research

Grandiloquent Words

In the 19th century, the use of grandiloquent, fanciful words was all the rage, which proves that overcomplicating things has always been funny. And is it a uniquely American phenomenon? Some linguists believe so.

#english-language, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #oxford-english-dictionary-book, #sheidlower-jesse, #sokolowski-peter

Some Hear Grammar Don’ts. I Hear the Future of English.

Our language is a feast for the linguist’s ear.

#grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #poetry-and-poets, #pronouns

‘Vax’ Is Oxford’s 2021 Word of the Year

Amid an explosion of Covid-related wordplay, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary crowns “vax.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-language, #fiona-mcpherson, #language-and-languages, #oxford-languages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vax

You and Me Need to Talk

This subject is debatable.

#grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages

The 20-Year Contest to Crack the Code of the Rosetta Stone

“The Writing of the Gods,” by Edward Dolnick, offers a fresh account of the discovery in Egypt of the giant slab, and of the competition to decipher its symbols.

#books-and-literature, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #dolnick-edward, #egypt, #egyptian-civilization, #language-and-languages, #rosetta-stone, #the-writing-of-the-gods-the-race-to-decode-the-rosetta-stone-book

Bringing Attention to the Maori Language, One Song at a Time

“Waiata/Anthems,” Lorde’s “Te Ao Marama” EP and a host of other projects are aimed at revitalizing the Indigenous language of New Zealand via music.

#ardern-jacinda, #language-and-languages, #lorde, #maori, #mereraiha-hana, #mohi-hinewehi, #music, #new-zealand, #runga-bic, #te-ao-marama-album, #translation-and-interpreters, #waiata-anthems-album, #williams-marlon-1990

Controversial Words You Can Use

The language police have gone too far.

#black-people, #discrimination, #english-language, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

Gender-Neutral Pronouns: The Singular ‘They’ and Alternatives

Some readers find the new usage of “they” confusing and offer other options such as “que” and “s/he.”

#gender, #grammar, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #language-and-languages, #mcwhorter-john, #transgender-and-transsexuals

French Language Laws Renew Rift With Quebec’s English Speakers

The government calls the new measure necessary for the survival of French, while critics say it stigmatizes bilingualism and is bad for business.

#canada, #english-language, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #montreal-quebec, #quebec-province-canada

R. Allen Gardner, 91, Dies; Taught Sign Language to a Chimp Named Washoe

He and his wife and collaborator made headlines with their finding that they could communicate with a young ape using the language of the deaf.

#animal-behavior, #deaths-obituaries, #gardner-beatrix-t, #gardner-r-allen-1930-2021, #language-and-languages, #monkeys-and-apes, #sign-language, #university-of-nevada-reno

A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg

The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #language-and-languages, #romero-anthony-d

Gender Pronouns Are Changing. It’s Exhilarating.

Embrace “they” for “he” or “she.” Pronoun history is fluid.

#english-language, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

How to Say What You Need to Say in Another Language

‘My uncle is a lawyer, but my aunt has a spoon’ is not useful language instruction.

#ears-and-hearing, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity.

#dictionaries, #english-language, #google-inc, #language-and-languages, #merriam-webster-inc, #wikipedia

China Increasing Rejects English, and Outside Ideas

A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.

#books-and-literature, #china, #chinese-language, #colleges-and-universities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #united-states-international-relations

The Gender Binary in Language Classes

Languages that contain only “he” and “she” pronouns pose problems for communicating about gender identity. Here’s how some language teachers are helping.

#education, #english-language, #french-language, #gender, #genderfluid, #hebrew-language, #language-and-languages, #nonbinary, #spanish-language, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Experts on Deaf Culture Help Times Explain Name Signing

To understand the process of name signing, a Times team turned to people who knew it best.

#deafness, #disabilities, #harris-kamala-d, #language-and-languages, #names-personal, #new-york-times, #sign-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The Softening of American Conversation

A coarsening in our language? No, I hear a flowering of deference.

#customs-etiquette-and-manners, #grammar, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages, #slang

Lila Gleitman, Who Showed How Children Learn Language, Dies at 91

Building on the work of Noam Chomsky, she designed elegant experiments to show that syntax is hard-wired into the human brain.

#children-and-childhood, #chomsky-noam, #deaths-obituaries, #gleitman-lila-1929-2021, #language-and-languages, #psychology-and-psychologists

Barbara Kannapell, Activist Who Empowered Deaf People, Dies at 83

She gave them a sense of identity and culture and helped legitimize American Sign Language, which she considered her native language.

#colleges-and-universities, #deafness, #deaths-obituaries, #gallaudet-university, #kannapell-barbara-1937-2021, #language-and-languages, #sign-language

F.A.A. Committee Recommends a Pivot to Gender-Neutral Terminology

The committee suggested that the aviation administration replace words and phrases including “cockpit” and “man-made” with terms like “flight deck” and “manufactured.”

#air-traffic-control, #airlines-and-airplanes, #drones-pilotless-planes, #federal-aviation-administration, #gender, #language-and-languages

India’s ‘Ugliest’ Language? Google’s Answer, Kannada, Drew a Backlash

A Google fact box singled out Kannada, a language spoken in the country’s south. The faux pas highlights the algorithm’s fallibility.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #india, #language-and-languages, #search-engines

He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.

#africa, #algeria, #at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #diop-david, #english-language, #france, #french-language, #language-and-languages, #letters, #man-booker-prize, #senegal, #the-art-of-losing-book, #writing-and-writers, #zeniter-alice