J.K. Rowling’s Secret and a Linguist Sleuth


English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an hon...

English: J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A Forensic Linguist Explains How He Figured Rowling’s Pseudonym Out
As explained by the New York Times, a writer for the British paper received an anonymous tip via Twitter, in which a now-deleted user claimed that Rowling was the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling. (Is it possible that the anonymous user was the book’s publisher? As the New York Times notes, there’s no way to rule it out.) Sunday Times editor Richard Brooks eventually confronted the publisher, but not before he investigated the similarities between Galbraith and Rowling.
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JK Rowling’s Pseudonym Stunt Reveals The Depressing Reality Of The Book Publishing Industry
‘The revelation that J.K. Rowling was the author behind little known author Robert Galbraith’s acclaimed but low-selling novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” released earlier this year, has been decried as a publicity stunt from some corners.

‘However, it’s hard to believe that Rowling, perhaps the most financially successful author ever, could really need the publicity for a book…’
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Languages Do Not Only Die!
The Australian Outback isn’t just the closest image of Mars. It’s also the birthplace of a new language

‘…The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue. Dr. O’Shannessy has published several studies of Light Warlpiri, the most recent in the June issue of Language.

‘“Many of the first speakers of this language are still alive,” said Mary Laughren, a research fellow in linguistics at the University of Queensland in Australia, who was not involved in the studies. One reason Dr. O’Shannessy’s research is so significant, she said, “is that she has been able to record and document a ‘new’ language in the very early period of its existence.” …’
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The Problem With LinkedIn Groups
‘…The content published in LinkedIn groups is completely at the whim of moderators

‘When I reached out on Google Plus I was contacted by several other people for whom the exact same thing had happened. They are respected professionals, curating high quality content and yet they are also routinely finding that their posts are blocked and never get past the moderators.

‘If it is happening to me and to them – how many people is this really affecting?…’
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