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The January 5-List

Hello, and Happy New Year everyone! I was thinking about writing reviews of books I liked and resources I found… but no. Seriously, who am I to tell you what to read and what to like? I actually never read reviews myself for this very reason, hehe.

Instead, one thing I like is lists. So that’s what you will have 🙂 A monthly list, with just a link to whatever it is and a couple of introductory words about my reasons to pick it. And then, off you go make your own mind!

Something to read: Lingo, by Gaston Dorren.
Why? Because it’s a fun and endearing tour of Europe. A sort of linguistic guide book to discover Europe’s hidden linguistic diversity. This book is now quite famous in Europe, but really, for a good reason. It exists in several languages, too!

Something to follow: the Language on the Move blog, edited by Prof. Ingrid Piller from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Why? This blog is about people, what they speak, how they speak it, how the language and the education policies shape the languages they speak today and will speak (or not) tomorrow. Their About Us page explains it much better than I could. And also because they manage to avoid most of the jargon, so even coming from a completely different background, I can understand it.

Something for learners: Lexilogos, the language metadictionary.
Why? Unlike the previous item, the word-lover Xavier Nègre only wanted to collect words and dictionaries. That’s what he did, for 206 languages at the time of writing. You can consult the dictionaries directly or learn about his huge endeavour here (in French).

Something to listen to: One of the performances of Yannick Martin and Tangi Josset, twin brothers from Brittany, France. Together they form a traditional Breton musical ensemble called ‘sonneurs’, in which one plays the bombarde and the other the biniou.
Why? Family tradition, this music makes my blood dance. Because they’re really, really good and their music is arguably one of the best introductions to Breton music you can find. There’s also this one, in quite a different style.

Something random: apod, the Astronomy Picture of the Day website from NASA.
Why? Because life is tough, so if I have a chance that everyday, a beautiful, futuristic of historical image makes me dream and marvel at the world, I’ll take it.

Note: The Diffracted Word is not affiliated with any commercial or non-commercial venture quoted in this post. All of this is simply the opinion of a language-lover bookworm.

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