There’s a lot of data out there.
And people are using it to find some pretty interesting patterns. Whether it’s finding global superdialects, or inferring language similarity from the errors of English learners, computers are expanding our language horizons.
Linguist Daniel Midgley brings you the world on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Ronan Lane
Oxford Dictionaries Online releases its quarterly list of new words
A formative moment in comedy: Danny Thomas’s first spit-take
Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects
Using Twitter, Linguists Find Global ‘Superdialects’
Some linguists on Reddit are snarky about this.
Linguists on r/badlinguistics, especially so.
Here’s How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English
(Despite the uncharitable title, it’s a good article.)
The Word Atlas of Linguistic Structures is a fascinating way to pass the time.
About how long would it take for an English speaker to learn another language?
THE: The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll
Some bands are even using “Thee”
‘Lookin’ for a Superman’ by Iron and Wine
from the album Around the Well
‘It Ain’t No Sin’ by Thee Mighty Caesars
from the album Beware the Ides of March