Le Salon des Amateurs de la Langue

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Amateur. 1784. [ - Fr. amateur - It. amatore: -L . amator lover.] 1. one who loves, is fond of, or has a taste for, anything. 2. one who cultivates anything as a pastime 1803....

An affiliate of the legendary le salon literaire, this group aims to encourage conversation on a range of topics vaguely or indeed ambiguously, generally, connected to language, what it is, where it comes from, how it operates, how we learn it, how it effects the way we see the world, and its relationship between literature, mind and society.

At the same time, although the language medium of the group is English, we seek to learn more (about) other languages and their literatures and cultures; and explore issues of translation and intercultural melange.

Accuracy is not required, enthusiasm is applauded and the spurious is delighted in. There is always pickled herring and vodka to fall back on. Please don't squash the Proctologist who lives under the sofa, or spit on the parquet.

All readers of any languages are welcome! Please introduce yourself on the "Welcome" thread.

le link to le salon literaire du Peuple pour le Peuple
le link to le salon du Faulkner
le link to Das Hintergrundmusik

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Faking it until you make it! Living in another language1 unread / 1Kiwi_des_neiges, March 2021
pretty active group once upon a time3 unread / 3Crypto-Willobie, October 2020
multilinguilism in childhood16 unread / 16MarthaJeanne, September 2015
Gossip4 unread / 4Crypto-Willobie, July 2014
Welcome to le Salon de Amateurs de la Langue!158 unread / 158keylawk, December 2012
Le links to le cool language sites31 unread / 31PaulineKR, July 2012
Mumbo-Jumboising the Foreign, or, The Many-Veiled Reality15 unread / 15RickHarsch, May 2012
Philosophy of language63 unread / 63Naren559, February 2012
What is language?86 unread / 86MeditationesMartini, October 2011
Learning Chinese SUPPORT THREAD37 unread / 37wandering_star, September 2011
comparative aesthetics of language; or, is French prettier than Chinese?53 unread / 53geneg, March 2011
Google online corpus6 unread / 6tomcatMurr, December 2010
Campbell's monkeys3 unread / 3keylawk, October 2010
Rants from a non-recovered Grammar Nazi214 unread / 214MeditationesMartini, June 2010
Notes towards a Theory of Translation78 unread / 78anna_in_pdx, May 2010
Humorous video3 unread / 3Medellia, May 2010
Modern public discourse14 unread / 14tomcatMurr, April 2010
Slang69 unread / 69libraryhermit, March 2010
Translation: Angelica Gorodischer7 unread / 7timjones, March 2010
Language and Power67 unread / 67geneg, March 2010
Workshop 2: Poem close read38 unread / 38bobmcconnaughey, February 2010
Messages from Murr37 unread / 37Naren559, February 2010
Translation: Italian version of If on a winter's night a traveler2 unread / 2aluvalibri, February 2010
The Museum23 unread / 23Naren559, February 2010
Lost in Translations7 unread / 7bobmcconnaughey, February 2010
Writing well64 unread / 64bobmcconnaughey, February 2010
Inflectious Language81 unread / 81absurdeist, February 2010
li'l Greek/Latin translation help, if you please, and an invitation to talk about profile names19 unread / 19MeditationesMartini, February 2010
Slang in Literature26 unread / 26absurdeist, January 2010
Speech Pathology (and Possible Interventions)13 unread / 13geneg, January 2010
Sounds28 unread / 28amaranthic, January 2010
Language conflicts16 unread / 16tomcatMurr, January 2010
"I plan to discuss the relationships between language and music..."10 unread / 10MeditationesMartini, January 2010
Personality types, language and communication46 unread / 46MeditationesMartini, January 2010
Long anecdotes with little pay-off27 unread / 27Macumbeira, January 2010
William H. Gass10 unread / 10tomcatMurr, January 2010
Next Evolutionary Step?3 unread / 3bjza, January 2010
Chomsky13 unread / 13tomcatMurr, January 2010
Workshop 1: Macaronic Genesis22 unread / 22tomcatMurr, December 2009
Semiotics20 unread / 20bobmcconnaughey, December 2009
Japanese2 unread / 2MeditationesMartini, December 2009
Grab bag of related items.3 unread / 3Porius, December 2009
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