Far from the Madding Gerund: And Other Dispatches from Language Log

Far from the Madding Gerund And Other Dispatches from Language Log Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K Pullum have collected some of their most insightful and amusing material from Language Log their popular web site Often irreverent and hilarious these brief essays take

  • Title: Far from the Madding Gerund: And Other Dispatches from Language Log
  • Author: Mark Liberman Geoffrey K. Pullum
  • ISBN: 9781590280553
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K Pullum have collected some of their most insightful and amusing material from Language Log, their popular web site Often irreverent and hilarious, these brief essays take on many sacred cows, showing us among many things why Strunk White is useless, how the College Board can t identify sentence errors in the SAT, and what makes Dan BrMark Liberman and Geoffrey K Pullum have collected some of their most insightful and amusing material from Language Log, their popular web site Often irreverent and hilarious, these brief essays take on many sacred cows, showing us among many things why Strunk White is useless, how the College Board can t identify sentence errors in the SAT, and what makes Dan Brown one of the worst prose stylists in the business There is plenty here to inspire deeper thoughts as well Why do Pete Rose s statements fall short of saying I m sorry, and can we learn how to apologize by analyzing his mistakes Is there such a thing as mind reading fatigue What is the meaning of pluralism and Yankeehood Language Log is a site where serious professional linguists go to have fun There s plenty of fun and plenty to get you thinking about language in new ways in this collection.

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    • This is a collection of posts from the language log blog, run by a bunch of linguists who are advocates of the value of linguistics in general education, unrelenting critics of those who make up or misrepresent linguistic "facts", and opponents of linguistic prescriptivists (like David Foster Wallace). The authors display frightening erudition and their care for accurate representations of the way things are is inspiring.


    • This is a dead-tree version of the best posts from Language Log (I think it’s called a blook), in which Mark Liberman and Geoff Pullum do a great job explaining linguistic intricacies to the unwashed masses. The subjects they write on range from computational linguistics and theoretical grammar to eggcorns and usage patterns of the notorius word “like” in young Americans’ speech. Since LL is an informal blog written in an informal tone, the posts are not only enlightening, but amusing an [...]


    • I wrote a paper for a linguistics class on language change, focusing on the phenomenon of eggcorns. I bought myself this book, mostly so I could have an actual text for my bibliography (we could use only a limited number of non-text or online-journal sites, although she later gave me approval to use sources like unorthodox online dictionaries, given my topic), but I ended up enjoying it for its own sake. If you are a supercilious grammar nerd who takes pleasure in other people's displays of igno [...]


    • For anyone that enjoys reading about Language, this book contains a series of entries from the Language Log blog: itres.upenn/~myl/langua. The book ends on a high note, criticizing the writing ability of Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code. I had a similar feeling reading Dan's books, and enjoyed reading my thoughts on paper written by another person. This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. However, if I had found the Language Log blog earlier, I wouldn't have needed to read the boo [...]


    • Because I'm a total nerd, my favorite blog in the world is Language Log (languagelog.ldc.upenn/nll/), a blog about language, linguistics, and related issues. This book is a compilation of posts by the two main bloggers for Language Log, Mark Liberman and Geoff Pullum. Their take on language is totally refreshing and descriptivist (none of that Eats, Shoots, and Leaves crap) and if you give them a little time it'll change your worldview not just on language but a whole host of socio-cultural issu [...]


    • This book is just a collection of blog posts from Language Log. It is fun to read, but it's not going to give you any amazing new insight into, well, much of anything. If you're interested in the English language, this is good bathroom reading material. It deals with topics ranging from grammar to sociolinguistics to computational linguistics -- but it is all written on a very accessible level.


    • Don't remember when, exactly, I read this, but it's a lot of fun for somebody who enjoys discussions of grammar and word usage. If that sounds geeky, well sorry. I've always enjoyed discussions about language. It amounts to a bunch of collected blog posts, organized thematically. So it's easy to dip into for a bit when you have time -- no long, deep reading required.


    • Good in small doses. I enjoyed contemplating what constitutes "proper" use of language, and possibly having something to back up some of my suspicions, but after a while it's just one rant after another.


    • I love linguistics in the global sense; this is more an examination of the nuances of English. This is a good book, it's just really difficult to read for any length of time before your eyes glaze over and you begin to drool due to cerebral overload.



    • Interesting and entertaining, at least as a language geek. This is a collection of posts for the language log blog, so you can read them online and decide if you would want to read them in book form.



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