A new language blog has hit the shores of Blogovia, to wit Language Log, written by four actual linguists, Geoff Pullum, Steven Bird, Mark Liberman, and Chris Potts. The latest post (Posted by myl at September 23, 2003 12:33 PM) is on a woman who wrote “egg corns” for “acorns”; I’d give a permalink, but the site doesn’t provide them: wake up, guys! (Via UJG, who doesn’t actually link to the site: wake up, jim!)


  1. Yeesh! All right, already. Still dizzy from the flash botzing last week. Still looking for the copy of Bird’s Edinburgh dissertation turned book that I have around the library somewhere.

  2. It doesn’t have permalinks under each entry, but each post does, in fact, have its own URL – you can get to the latest ones by clicking on the “Recent Entries” links in the sidebar. The article referred to is here.

  3. Actually, scratch that, it does have permalinks in the main body, they’re the times of posting.

  4. When I went to look at the site, there were permalinks (click on the time under each story). They don’t show up at the top after you click on them, but you can do the right-click (ctrl-click for Mac users) trick to get the URL.
    Here’s the one for the egg corn story:
    nifty story!

  5. OK, I know I’m an imbecile when it comes to all computer- and HTML-related matters (this blog exists only by the grace of generous helpers), but I don’t think I’m the only one out there who assumes that if they click on a link, look up at the address line and still see the URL they started from (in this case, it’s some sort of goddam frames madness and you can’t link to individual entries. I’m willing to take it on faith that this right-click/Ctrl-click thing works (though I’ll forget it by the next time I need it), but why can’t it work the normal way? Hmph. But thanks, Tim and Nao. I’m glad somebody knows these things.

  6. I saw that! I wish those guys would enable comments so we could bring the Welcome Wagon basket to their door (cheese log, etc.).

  7. I’ve been doing a little more detective work. The site is in a frame, Languagehat.
    What’s odd is that it must somehow be possible to post comments in general, as one thread has two comments, and the option to add more. But none of the others does.
    All very weird.

  8. OK, I think I’ve got a basic idea of what’s going on. All there is at is the frame – AFAICT it doesn’t provide any useful functionality at all, apart from reminding people of that URL. The actual front page of the blog is, and it’ll function perfectly well whether it’s in a frame or not. If you’d rather see the url of whatever page you’re on in your address bar, it might be worth making a bookmark pointing to there instead of the more memorable address.
    I hadn’t noticed the odd behaviour myself, because once I’d found the site I accessed it through my RSS aggregator, the links from which jump straight to the articles, and so bypass the frame problem entirely.
    No idea what’s going on with the comments, though.

  9. Concerning comments: With Movable Type, comments is an option that you can enable or disable for indiviudal entries.
    Most people never touch that control, but I guess these do.

  10. Tim: Many thanks for the alternate URL; I’ve changed my blogroll link accordingly.

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