LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS Discussions (166)

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Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps)

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Rape culture embedded in language

Discussion of the underlying cause of India's rape culture, and that of mysogenist violence against women worldwide, underlies the role of…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Mar 8, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Txtng and the future of English

Prof. Anne Curzan reassures us that the sky is not falling -- that textspeak is not bringing chaos and anarchy to the language -- and discu…

Started by Grinning Cat

0 Mar 3, 2013

Who dunnit? The not-so-insignificant quirks of language

Interesting blog post on how language structure can affect perception, or is that the other way 'round? - Dallas Who dunnit? The not-so-ins…

Started by A Former Member

8 Feb 24, 2013
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

Two layers of language

How Human Language Could Have Evolved from Birdsong: Researchers Propose New Theory On Deep Roots of Human Speech ... human language is a g…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

0 Feb 22, 2013

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Started by A Former Member

2 Jan 5, 2013
Reply by A Former Member

Text-mining stylistic and thematic connections

Now we have analysis to discover new insights about books, and their authors, instead of just quantifying what we already knew. By Text-Min…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

1 Aug 28, 2012
Reply by Steph S.

How does Our Language Shape the Way We Think?

How does Our Language Shape the Way We Think?By Lera Boroditsky Humans communicate with one another using a dazzling array of languages, ea…

Started by A Former Member

27 Aug 7, 2012
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

A brief history of four letter words

A brief history of four letter words "Scumbag," sounds like the kind of hokey insult that would get you laughed at if you used it. When it…

Started by A Former Member

1 Jun 1, 2012
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

What makes a memorable quote?

Computer Scientists Show What Makes Movie Lines Memorable The study suggests that memorable lines use familiar sentence structure but incor…

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

4 May 10, 2012
Reply by Tony Carroll

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