Back in 2005 I posted about a language spoken in a remote corner of Brazil, Nheengatú (Tupi: [?????a?tu]); now it’s the subject of a study by Simeon Floyd of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, “Modally hybrid grammar? Celestial pointing for time-of-day reference in Nheengatú,” published in the March 2016 issue of Language (preprint pdf). […]
Anyone familiar with academia will have noticed how often the high-prestige invited participants at conferences or summer schools and the holders of endowed professorships tend to be men. Well, not so much in linguistics, it would seem. Look at the list of the faculty members selected to hold the four prestigious endowed professorships at the […]
TheySay, a sentiment analysis startup spun out from Oxford University and founded by the institution’s Professor of Computational Linguistics and one of its leading researchers, claims Twitter loved Apple’s WWDC keynote. Dr Karo Moilanen,...Show More Summary
What can quantitative linguistic analysis tell us about the operations and outlook of the international financial institutions? At first glance, the words most frequently used in the World Bank’s Annual Reports give an impression of unbroken continuity. Seven are near the … Continue reading ? The post “Bankspeak” (or, Orwellian development) appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Irish MEP stages 'language strike' against exclusion of Irish language within EU institutions.
The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics in the Sciences has analyzed the influence of humidity on the evolution of languages. Show More Summary
Somebody just told me about looking through the lists of original members of the Linguistic Society of America — they'd talked to someone at another university who'd actually investigated this in detail for their institution. The list...Show More Summary
"Language is like the bones. Culture is like the body." Participant, Indigenous Language Institute Symposium in 2002 Language and justice connect. Indigenous communities keep alive the dream and hope of a world where their languagesShow More Summary
[Posting this to boost the signal. This seems like an awesome opportunity.] Call for Applications The Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina are soliciting applications for the 2015/16 SIAS Summer Institute: The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: In the Armchair, in the Field, and in the Lab. Show More Summary
If you thought that “Think Different” was the last time Apple was going to come under fire from the grammar police, think again! Finland’s linguistic authorities, the Institute for the Languages of Finland — which rules on correct spellings, loan … Read more ›
"Is 'Huh?' a universal word? Conversational infrastructure and the convergent evolution of linguistic items is a new paper in PLoS One by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The development of the Confucius Institutes should not be interpreted as a mere linguistic phenomenon, it reveals six of the main features defining the Chinese renaissance.
Last month, I taught a short course on "Corpus-based Linguistic Research" at the LSA Institute in Ann Arbor, in which the participants were asked to do individual projects. One of the undergraduates in the class, Alex R., undertook to examine the time-course of variability in English spelling, starting with the Paston Letters, which are "a [...]
There are many renowned institutions in the world which are the incubators for the greatest minds in all spheres of life. History knows them with names like Tim Berners-Lee (computer scientist), Noam Chomsky (linguist), Edwin “Buzz”Show More Summary
This is an illustrative Breakfast Experiment™ for my course at the LSA Institute (on "Corpus-Based Linguistic Research"). It starts from an earlier LL post, "When men were men, and verbs were passive", 8/4/2006, where I observed that Winston Churchill, often cited as a model of forceful eloquence, used the passive voice for 30-50% of his [...]
I'm in Ann Arbor for the 2013 LSA Institute, where I'm teaching a course on Corpus-Based Linguistic Research, and this evening the Institute organizers showed "If These Knishes Could Talk: A Film About the New York Accent". It was quite a lot of fun, and I certainly recommend it to all LL readers — though [...]
It seems that I am always banging on about Tolkien's love of lapsang souchong, but it is about all that we have in common, aside from being at the same academic institution. We certainly do not share his literary or linguistic talents. ...Show More Summary
Chomsky and Sekou on MLK from Rev. Osagyefo Sekou on Vimeo. Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Show More Summary
Andrew Spitz and Momo Miyazaki, students at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, posted this charming video of their cross-linguistic art project: WTPh? (What the Phonics) is an interactive installation set in the touristic areas of Copenhagen. Street names in Denmark are close to impossible for foreigners to pronounce, so we did a [...]
Bryan Bell of Cogito reports that financial companies are wise to turn to semantic metadata for better Big Data analytics. Bell writes, “Financial institutions are looking to linguistics and semantics as the best option for managingShow More Summary