Had an absolute blast learning about Ryūkyūan languages recently. Put some highlights into a post: fumbling.it/posts/fly-me-to-th

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Inventing your own ad-hoc transcription system:
• no one else can understand it
• dull

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet:
• fun symbols
• puts you in the good company of linguists and opera singers
t.co/DxpDwMzQfk #linguistics

Site's back online and in pristine condition ✨✨ While I was at it, I set up a URL shortener using yourls.org! Latest post can also be found at: fmblg.it/v

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Site's down. Having some serious server trouble post-reboot. Will work on a fix this weekend.

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New episode: We're looking into Indigenous signed languages with researcher Rodney Adams. Click through for a link to the full video interview in Auslan.
News: An unexpected discovery results in a lexicon boom for the Ngunnawal language. And who has faster language development — first-borns or second-borns?
Words of the Week: they, boomeranga


Really curious if there's any work on the influence
of on linguistic diversity and language maintenance. Been on my mind the past week...


A run-down of how I blog using , and . Not a how-to, just a cheeky behind the scenes.


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Ep 8: Lauren Gawne on Funding Fieldwork - @lingfieldnotes is a new podcast about doing linguistic fieldwork t.co/ej8TFMoyOd #linguistics

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Why spelling is hard -- but also hard to change - A new episode of @lingthusiasm! t.co/7KrZkFd31I #linguistics

Do any other teachers work with textbooks that are fine all the way through until that one bit that makes you say 'yikes, really?'


The first of this year's book reviews. Crystal's 'Begat' was an absolute pleasure. fumbling.it/posts/begat-david-

My two cents on and where they fit within the world of linguistics and language diversity. Felt the need to write this after reading David Peterson's (wonderful) .


The good news: latest iteration of fumbling.it is up and running like a charm (with better Unicode coverage thanks to )!

The bad news: broke all the links here in the process. Everything's still there, just a bit harder to get to atm!

🚧🏗️ Doing a bunch of work on the site under the hood today (read: completely replacing the engine). Expect interruptions 🏗️🚧

Little late to the party on this one, but has recently released their database and it's the business. fumbling.it/common-voice-datas

Voice assistants are like children:

- Hilarious to talk to
- Good at hanging around in your kitchen
- Rubbish at jokes
- Always much smarter and much stupider than you expect

Tried out . Had a blast 🚀👍


Because it's the season for making too many well-intentioned commitments, here's my reading list for the year 💪📚

Is QWERTY the best layout to use when typing Japanese? I suspect it isn't. Here's a post exploring the question: fumbling.it/qwerty-vs-kana/

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Building a standalone IPA keyboard - An interesting series of posts, with photos! t.co/KTtAgwDtEk #linguistics

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People with speech disabilities are being left out of the voice-assistant revolution. t.co/mgaeWts1qL #linguistics

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