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Do the languages of the world form a continuous chain? And isn’t it possible that language influences thought by the words we use?

Linguist Daniel Midgley tells all on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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A team from Stanford has made improvements on the ‘image description’ task.
http://cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/deepimagesent/

A gentle introduction
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/science/researchers-announce-breakthrough-in-content-recognition-software.html?_r=0

Facebook currently employs 100,000 people in the Philippines to detect and delete porn and beheadings.
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/content-moderation/

There are discontinuities in the world language chain. See them here:
http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/linguistic-geography/world-maps-of-language-families/attachment/wikipedia-language-families-world-map

What is a Sprachbund?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprachbund

Gleaned from here:
https://linguistics.osu.edu/research/pubs/lang-files

Oxford’s word of the year: Vape
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/11/oxford-dictionaries-word-year-vape/

Watchwords: ‘Vaping’ is a word that’s likely to last
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/watchwords-vaping-is-a-word-thats-likely-to-last


Show tunes

‘Photo Jenny’ by Belle and Sebastian
from the album Lazy Line Painter Jane

‘My Little Japanese Cigarette Case’ by Spoon
from the album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Image credit: http://www.virtualspeechcoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Questionmark.jpg