Monthly Archives: January 2013

recommended reading of 2012

Looking back at my 2012 posting track record, I realize that I shared a lot of articles.  In fact, I shared other people’s writing so frequently that I ended up creating a new category to include all of my article posts (see sidebar).  As I continue to reflect on how best to move forward with this blogging project (or, if you’ll forgive the blend word, bloject), I think I’m still well within the appropriate window to share a year-end list for your perusal in the meantime.

Here is a list of language-related stuff I read in (mostly late-) 2012 that I think you should also read:

  • Shameless self-promotion first, this feature on CASE about facebook is an important read because: “Our experiences hold some kind of significance or meaning that should not be reduced to the system of rational exchange that equivalence engenders, and that built the current Facebook. We do not live and grow to compete against our friends in a perpetual, unsatisfying game of one-upsmanship.”
  • Utopian for Beginners” in one of the last New Yorker issues of 2012.  What does it mean for a language to be “perfect” and why does the quest for perfection always leave so much room usurpation?
  • Talking Hands by Margalit Fox is not a work of sociolinguistics or anthropology; it’s a story about language and a narrative about grammar… and also a reminder that sign language is a language, not an alternative.
  • This article about the flooding happening in Britain at the end of November is worth reading for the understated tone.  I have just started work on an adaptation of a translation from British English to American English… and I think this is why: “Conditions were described by locals as ‘pretty shocking.'”
  • Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace which I received for Christmas and have yet to examine with much depth.  It was time for this girl to upgrade to a new style guide and this is, apparently, the best.

2012 in review

A Preface: I would like to thank those occasional readers who took the time to check back every now and then since November 28th.  I would like to thank my global readers, as well; it’s been gratifying to feel like I really have been reaching a world beyond myself with these occasional posts.  2012 was a good year for feeling inspired, although the end-of-year hiatus might suggest otherwise.  I swear I’ve been doing exciting work.  This year, la-la-language will back with a more manageable posting schedule in the works and a few other tricks up its sleeves, as well.  Details to come, but in the meantime, a look back…

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.