Category Archives: Language Fun
No guarantees about sound quality, but an interesting collection of oral histories complete with a map of where they were collected along the historic Route 66 is now available online. For your sociolinguistic pleasure: Americas Highway: Oral Histories of Route … Continue reading
Facebook appears to have launched a new translation tool. No gaurantees on how accurate it might be, but machine translation is defintely improving. Let us know what you think!
Another one of the fine blogs nominated at the Grammar.net “Best Blogs 2011” contest: Dougtinary. Featuring such fine words as broctology, POMicide, and hexterior. Words which might not have existed without Doug. Morphological fun for everyone!
Language is full of ambiguity. Not only do we have words with two different meanings, but we have sentences which–because of structural ambiguity–can have multiple meanings. One of the more famous examples that illustrates these issues is the following sentence: … Continue reading
The creation of Artificial Intelligence–computers that talk like real human beings–has been extremely challenging. Significant progress has been made, but teaching computers to recognize things like sarcasm has been notably difficult. This week, researchers at Cornell University made big news … Continue reading
Bookworm is puts your scrabble skills to the test with a solitaire, falling tiles format. It’s a lot of fun, though a game can take hours if you’re good and I’m sometimes surprised by what words it doesn’t recognize (or … Continue reading