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(FUCK) - Fornication, Unlawfull, in the Commonwealth of the King.
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Concerned about the disappearance of indigenous languages, activist Pena Elliott thinks a new texting app could be the modern solution to preserving his native Saanich language.
« previous post | next post » A few years ago, as a half-serious ending for a talk that I gave at the LSA annual meeting (" The Future of Linguistics ", 1/7/2007), I suggested that there might be some opportunities in the supermarket checkout line: This was, of course, the scond in a series, preceded by Erotic Grammar and followed by Erotic Rhetoric …
« previous post | next post » I'm in Berkeley for the DataEDGE Conference , where I'm due to participate in a "living room chat" advertised as follows: Size Matters: Big Data, New Vistas in the Humanities and Social Sciences Mark Liberman , Geoffrey Nunberg , Matthew Salganik Vast archives of digital text, speech, and video, along with new analysis technology and inexpensive computation, are the modern equivalent of the 17th-century invention of the telescope and microscope. We can now observe social and linguistic patterns in space, time, and cultural context, on a scale many orders of magnitude greater than in the recent past, and in much greater detail than before. This transforms not just the study of speech, language, and communication but fields ranging from sociology and empirical economics to education, history, and medicine — with major implications for both scholarship and technology development.
« previous post | next post » Slate has an article lambasting Sweden's growing enthusiasm for total gender neutrality , and it raises the profile of a move, actually originating in the mid 1960s, to get hen established as a new pronoun meaning "he/she/it", eliminating the forced choice between han "he" and hon "she".
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The death rate of words has apparently increased recently while new entries into languages are becoming less common, both perhaps because of digital spell-checking, according to a Google-aided analysis of more than 10 million words. More than 4 percent of the world's books have now been digitized, a trove that includes seven languages and dates back to the 16th century.
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The following was an experiement by the great German Indo-Europeanist and linguist August Schleicher to see whether one could create an extended passage of text in reconstructed Proto-Indo-European.
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« previous post | next post » Rebecca Rosen, " The QWERTY Effect: The Keyboards Are Changing Our Language! ", The Atlantic :
Earlier this year, Bill DeMain introduced us to 15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent . Now that you've integrated those into your vocabulary, here are 14 more. 1. Shemomedjamo (Georgian) You know when you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it? The Georgians feel your pain.
As we have demonstrated before , the English language has some grievous holes in it. We're talking about everyday phenomena that we have all noticed, yet don't have terms for.