Digital Language Death

languageYou could have knocked me over with a weak cliché:  do you know that every two weeks or so the world experiences the demise of yet another active language. How many hundreds of years did people speak and write that fading language and now it is only available in books. If people stop using their traditional language, can we still call it a language? I guess so: look at Nahuatl and, of course, Latin which isn’t even used in the high church any more.

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Winter Reading

Tin HouseIt’s Issue #58 of Tin House. The topic is Winter Reading. Check out the Table of Contents:

  • Fiction:  Steven Millhauser, Paul Willems, Elisa Albert, Alexander Maksik, Chinelo Okparanta, Shirley Jackson, Jenny Offill
  • Poetry:  Patricia Lockwood, Meghan O’Rourke, Britta Ameel, Kazim Ali, Wong May, Kevin Young, Dora Malech, Mark Z. Danielewski, Bianca Stone, Josh Bell, Major Jackson
  • Interview:  Kevin Henkes, Robert Stone
  • Lost & Found:  Robert Anthony Siegel, Dani Shapiro, Gabrielle Gantz, Rachel Monroe, Tobias Carroll

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Vocabula Review

A recent post shows that severalreaders are still interested in the accuracy of language:  English grammar, spelling, usage, etc. The same concerns exist in most other languages but my recommendation of the Vocabula Review only addresses questions about English.

The Vocabula Review

A reasonably priced subscription to The Vocabula Review brings you an online monthly newsletter with a varying selection of excellent and fun articles on the proper use of the English language. There are also many great books written by the authors of the Review thatn can add even further to improving writing and avoiding those awful, embarrassing mistakes which a good editor will circle and have a good laugh over at cocktails after work. I have been reading Vocabula Review for several years now and since I have a lifetime subscription, I hope to receive it for many years to come.

One real advantage to a subscription to Vocabula Review is that you get access to all the back issues and since the Review started in 1999, that’s a lot of good advice waiting to help you improve your use of the language…over 160 issues!

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