Mark Liberman has an amusing post at the Log about the emergence of a brand-new peeve:If you don't hang out with millennial hipsters, you might not have noticed that the cool kids are listening to music on turntables playing old-fashioned vinyl records, with many of these records being newly released rather than rescued from thrift shops. Show More Summary
I'm in Berkeley for the DataEDGE Conference, where I'm due to participate in a "living room chat" advertised as follows: Size Matters: Big Data, New Vistas in the Humanities and Social Sciences Mark Liberman, Geoffrey Nunberg, Matthew...Show More Summary
(Eugene Volokh) Prof. Mark Liberman (Language Log) has all about this “exchange” — in this instance, a literal fistfight rather than a figurative one — all about whether to “elevate the status of Russian to a second language, equal to Ukrainian, in about half the regions of the country, including Kiev.” You have to see the picture, [...]
WE RETURN from paternity leave with child language acquisition on the mind. With good timing, Mark Liberman of Language Log has provided a bit of fodder. Speakers of languages without interdental consonants (like the "th" in "thin" and the voiced sound in "this") have a hard time learning them in adulthood. Show More Summary
Mark Liberman at the Log has a post on "the changes over time in fashions for given names. It's obvious that things change ? but it's less obvious whether these changes are cyclic. It makes sense that out-of-fashion names might comeShow More Summary
AT Language Log, Mark Liberman describes as "prescriptivist poppycock" the notion that "anticipate" can't be used to mean simply "to expect". The poppycock in question comes from the Telegraph which, in turn, cites our own style book. Show More Summary
Mark Liberman, the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire after nine years with the agency.
My Breakfast Experiments™ aren't quite as rigorous as Mark Liberman's. He has direct access high-speed line to the entire Linguistic Data Consortium corpus collection at his breakfast table, and writes R scripts as if R was his native language (it may well be, come to think of it). My breakfast table has just [...]
In "Larkin v. the Gray Lady," Mark Liberman credits a Language Log reader with pointing out that "the NYT printed asshole for the first time a couple of weeks ago" ("Race, Tragedy and Outrage Collide After a Shot in Florida", 4/1/2012): Mr. Zimmerman told the dispatcher that this “suspicious guy” was in his late teens, with something [...]
I've never watched Doctor Who, though it seems like something I would have enjoyed had I grown up with it; this comment by Ray Girvan (on Mark Liberman's Log post about the show) makes me feel that even more strongly:I particularly liked...Show More Summary
The so-called sports subjunctive has been in the news, and was discussed in this post by Mark Liberman. Mark is absolutely right in his interpretation of the crucial example under discussion (Judge Martin did not claim to be a Muslim, he used a colloquial counterfactual conditional with the meaning "if I were a Muslim"); [...]
Photo 1: At AQ,the new restaurant on Mission between 6th and 7th streets, the very talented chef/owner Mark Liberman offers agnolotti stuffed with wild greens and surrounded by a sauce flavored with preserved lemon and walnuts with oysters, shrimp, chunks of lobster and mussels. It’s a great deal for $14. #2: Mark Liberman also knows [...]
`tis the season to announce seasonal schools. Geoff Pullum announced a short course on grammar for language technologists as part of a winter school in Tarragona next month, and Mark Liberman announced a call for course proposals for the LSA's Linguistic Institute in summer 2013. But what if you can't make it to Tarragona next month, and [...]
Thanks to this Log post by Mark Liberman, I've been introduced to Samosapedia, "The definitive guide to South Asian lingo." Today's Word of the Day is home-ministry, "The domain of a wife. A quaint and old-fashioned euphemism, much favoured...Show More Summary
OVER at Language Log, a reader catches a Daily Mail writer saying that the Gobeki Temple, built around 11,000 years ago, "was put up long before humans mastered language". Mark Liberman replies, surely correctly, that the reporter is simply substituting "writing" for "language" mentally. Show More Summary
Mark Liberman excoriates the press for believing some guy who purports to know that Herman Cain is not lying.
Telegraph | Language Log Actor Ralph Fiennes complained recently that the English language “is being eroded” and blamed “a world of truncated sentences, soundbites and Twitter.” Et tu, Ralphie? In response, Mark Liberman — a linguistics professor… Read more
Mark Liberman pitch-tracked the president's weekly addresses: FDR had his weekly "Fireside chats", and in 1982 Ronald Reagan began the modern tradition of weekly presidential addresses, which U.S. presidents since then have maintained. I don't think that very many people...
Ben Zimmer has done an exemplary bit of research and reported on it at the Log:Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of newspaper...Show More Summary
Inspired by Mark Liberman's post, "Putting the X in AXB," I spent some time trying to find the origin for this venerable snowclone. A quick check of newspaper databases had turned up "putting the fun in fundamentals" from November 1912, and it turns out that the fall of 1912 was when the snowclone snowballed. It's [...]