I’ve been busy with the Symposium we had here last weekend (and am now busy recovering, which is surprisingly time-consuming). So here’s a few misc things.
Geoff Pullum over at Language Log complained last year about NPR fund-raisers. KUHF, my local radio station, is having theirs at the moment. I don’t share Geoff’s dislike of them, though. How could I dislike the opportunity to hear
We might’ve could’ve pulled it off.
Seriously, though, it’s a fantastic opportunity to hear stream of consciousness White Houston English (and the occasional Houston Hispanic English). Befre you ask, this particular double model was produced by someone from Arkansas
Someone in New Zealand was looking for the Bardi for ‘hello’. Most Australian Indigenous languages don’t have greetings like ‘hello’, ‘good morning’, and the like. In Bardi it’s anggi jawal (what’s new).
When I got sick of NPR’s fundraising I turned on Radio National and came in just in time to hear someone refer to the calici virus as a ‘bunny-buster’. Priceless. (Calici virus was released in Australia about 10 years ago to control the rabbit population.)