LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

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LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

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WELCOME TO LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

The only requirement for joining this group is that you possess a modicum of interest in languages, etymology, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation. You do not have to be erudite or scholarly; you do not have to be a linguist or grammarian. You just have to have the desire to learn new things about language, or share the knowledge you possess.

The purpose of this group will be to help us explore the diversity of language, hone our grammar and spelling skills, understand correct word usage, expand our vocabulary, explore language and word history, and find new ways to communicate.

How we talk about things is equally important as what we talk about. Language is a part of our thinking, speaking, and writing; it is mind, tongue, and hand. It is about how we relate to other people and understand the world around us. It is communication and the exchange of ideas. It is learning, empathy, history, and politics. It can persuade, disarm, conquer, cajole, unnerve, offend, shame, enrich, encourage, inspire, destroy, or sustain. It is all these things and more.

However, the emphasis of LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is not on writing and publication. If you are interested in these topics, please join the group ATHEIST WRITERS. That does not mean that you cannot ask questions about writing here, it is just that we are not trying to compete with the well-established writer's group. I simply recommend that you use your best judgment and post your discussion in the group that best fits the topic.

The focus here will obviously be on the English language, but it is not restricted to English only. Topics can include correct spelling and grammar issues, etymology, vocabulary and usage, language history and lexicography, dialects and idioms, trivia, and resources such as books and websites.


Books & DVDs:
The Adventure of English (DVD)
The Bedford Handbook
The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Fowler's Modern English Usage,
Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
Gossip, Grooming, and the Evolution of Language
Metaphors We Live By
Modern American Usage: A Guide
The Mother Tongue
The Mountain Man's Field Guide to Grammar
Origins
Philosophy in the Flesh
Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language
The Story of Human Language
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
There's a Word for It


Other A|N groups of interest:

Nexus Book Club
Atheist Librarians
Athiest Writers


External Links:
Dictionary.com
Thesaurus.com
Reference.com
Wold Wide Words
Modern Language Association
PrefixSuffix.com
DrMardy.com
DrGrammar.org
AskOxford.com
Common Errors in English
The Global Language Monitor
Guide to Grammar and Style
The Elements of Style
How to Speak and Write Correctly
World Wide Words
Online Etymology Dictionary
The Rosetta Project
The Phrontistery
Charles Harrington Elster

Discussion Forum

Decline in writing accuracy.

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Automatic captions and fiberglass growth factor

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Changes to word meanings.

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Typos and Other Sources of Humor

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Sex Symbols

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18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style

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A Man of Many Words

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Rape culture embedded in language

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Txtng and the future of English

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Who dunnit? The not-so-insignificant quirks of language

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 24, 2013. 8 Replies

Two layers of language

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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

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Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

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How does Our Language Shape the Way We Think?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 7, 2012. 27 Replies

A brief history of four letter words

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What makes a memorable quote?

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Culture, Not Biology, Shapes Language

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Throw Grammar from the Train

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Comment by A Former Member on September 17, 2011 at 5:32pm
Comment by A Former Member on July 4, 2011 at 8:33pm

May be worth seeing.



Comment by A Former Member on July 1, 2011 at 1:34pm
Comment by A Former Member on April 6, 2011 at 10:14am

Clicktivism

The tumultuous events in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 have been called Twitter revolutions or Facebook revolutions, though the role of these social networks in shaping political events in these countries has been disputed.

Commentators have taken the same view about other online protests, arguing that adding your name to an electronic petition or sending out a tweet in support of some cause is an effortless activity that makes you feel good without achieving anything useful. This view was forcefully put forward in October 2010 by Malcolm Gladwell in an article in the New Yorker, “Why the revolution will not be tweeted”.

Though clicktivism has been appearing as a derogatory collective term for such purely symbolic actions, oddly it began life several years ago as a positive term for the online support of good causes and has only recently flipped sense.

Read the rest here.

Comment by A Former Member on April 6, 2011 at 10:10am

The Phrontistery

Welcome to the Phrontistery! I'm your host, Forthright. Since 1996, I have compiled word lists in order to spread the joy of the English language. Here, you will find the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of obscure and rare words), the Compendium of Lost Words (a compilation of ultra-rare forgotten words), and many other glossaries, word lists, essays, and other language and etymology resources. If you have a question, comment, addition, or suggestion, feel free to e-mail me. Happy word-hunting!

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2011 at 3:46pm
Comment by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on February 15, 2011 at 6:09am
When I first read the title, Linquaphiles & Sesquipedalians, I thought it was a rather exclusive group; people who spoke and wrote well, and were only 17 inches tall. How silly of me.
Comment by A Former Member on February 5, 2011 at 5:44pm
Comment by Dallas Gaytheist 2 seconds ago
Delete Comment The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological, social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.
Comment by A Former Member on November 29, 2010 at 11:41am


I just read this recently. It is a fun book of language trivia. I wish I had a photographic memory though, so that I could remember all this stuff. - DG

What in the Word? Wordplay, Word Lore, and Answers to Your Peskiest Questions about Language

Elster is a contributor to the "On Language" column of the New York Times Magazine and the author of several books on language, including The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations (1999). Here he uses a question-and-answer format to tackle common language issues and makes the whole enterprise entertaining as well as informative. The book is divided into seven chapters, beginning with "Once upon a Word," in which he explains the origins of colorful expressions, and ending with "The Wonder of Words," in which he fields fun questions about wordplay and word lore. In between, Elster offers chapters on errors, missing words ("What's the word to describe when inanimate objects conspire against you?" Resistenialism), how to polish language, pronunciation advice, and American slang. He also sprinkles his chapters with word quizzes he calls "Bodacious Brainteasers," includes marginal notations containing interesting language facts, and provides sidebars on swearing, cockney slang, and literary quips, jibes, and jabs, among other topics. Fun reading for verbo-maniacs. -- Joanne Wilkinson
Comment by A Former Member on November 2, 2010 at 3:23pm

 

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