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Linguistics: Tonal languages need humid climates

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

LSA 'Foundation Members' from Wisconsin

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

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr: Social Justice Is Linguistic Justice

"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

Summer Institute on The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning

[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

How the Klingon and Dothraki Languages Conquered Hollywood

In this week's episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, Dothraki linguist David J. Peterson and Klingon Language Institute director Lawrence M. Schoen discuss constructed languages, or "conlangs." The post How the Klingon and Dothraki Languages Conquered Hollywood appeared first on WIRED.

Finnish Linguists Tell Apple They’re Spelling iPhone Wrong

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 ›

"Huh" is the universal word

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"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.

David Gosset: The Confucius Institutes and the Chinese Renaissance

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.

Words, letters, and an unusual Scrabble turn

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 [...]

Open For All: 6 Computer Science Projects From MIT Media Lab That You Can Try Today

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

American Passivity

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 [...]

If these knishes could talk

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 [...]

Tolkien Knew Best

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

Noam Chomsky & Rev. Osagyefo Sekou Discuss Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Artistic touristic linguistics

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 [...]

Metadata, Big Data, and the Financial Sector

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

Call for Course Proposals: 2013 Linguistic Institute

Every other summer, the Linguistic Society of America holds a sort of summer school, traditionally known as a "Linguistic Institute". The 2011 Linguistic Institute was held at the University of Colorado at Boulder; the 2009 Institute was at University of California at Berkeley; the 2007 Institute was at Stanford; and so on. The courses at [...]

Linguistic Institute 2011

Every other year, the Linguistic Society of America has a sort of combination summer school, conference, and party known as a "Linguistic Institute". The 2011 edition will take place July 7-August 2 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and there's still time to register. The Boulder Institute features more than 120 terrific [...]

The idiocy that is Noam Chomsky

The esteemed Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, noted author and total raving moonbat, was extremely upset that the man who planned and ordered four airliners to be seized and, loaded with fuel and passengers, flown into the two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and — though [...]

"Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies"

In the following TED talk, Patricia Kuhl of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington discusses her lab's research into how babies learn their mother tongue. Thanks to a few interesting experiments...Show More Summary

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