Link love: language (60)

The triple threat of English language teaching, English proofreading and Italian learning that I have undertaken since arriving in Italy has created an interest in language that I didn’t really have before. According to my favourite, Michel Thomas, you have to understand your own language before you can learn another, so hopefully it’s all helping something somewhere. I currently have a pile of these links, from the blog Sentence first, open in my reader, and thought you (and particularly you, mum) might like to browse, too. Enjoy!

Sentence first

It’s been almost three months since the last collection of language links: definitely time for another. There are lots, so get comfy and don’t read them all at once.

The Historical Thesaurus of English is now online. Bookmark this one.

A lovely language family tree.

The outstanding Psycho Babble blog winds down.

How to draw syntax trees.

16thC manuscript of veryornamental calligraphy.

Family communication.

Bats jam each other’s sonar.

The improbable muses of 18thC poets.

To Siri, with love. From the mother of an autistic boy.

Ireland’s Book Show meets Clive James.

The rapid evolution of emoji.

Begging the question of acceptability.

Language features that English could do with.

The role of language in the Hong Kong protest movement.

Korean is diverging into two languages.

Get one’s goat is an etymological mystery.

Linguists’ thoughts on vape.

The purposes of language

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