It’s Oscars time, and the film about Alan Turing “The Imitation Game” is in contention for best picture.
But that’s not the only language movie out there — there are plenty of cinematic delights to quench your passion for linguistic film.
Linguist Daniel Midgley goes to the movies on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Em Burrows
¿Qué? Siri destroys Cortana and Google Now on language accuracy http://www.cultofmac.com/312335/que-siri-destroys-cortana-google-now-language-accuracy/
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The Mathematicians Trying to Prove that Every Language Is Inherently Positive
The paper: Human language reveals a universal positivity bias
EYE-GOUGINGLY BAD REPORTING ALERT
ScienceAlert: Spanish is the happiest language, Chinese the most balanced, new study reveals
ScienceMag: Spanish is the happiest language; Chinese, not so much
ABC Science: Language proves we’re all optimists at heart
USA Today: Spanish is the happiest language
END OF ALERT
The sunny side always looks up
The Poem That Passed the Turing Test
From the programmer’s blog
The Imitation Game (2014): is it history, drama or myth?
The coin toss scene from ‘No Country for Old Men’.
Roger Ebert reviews ‘Nell’.
And a similar film: The Wild Child
WATCH: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
About Gregorio Cortez
More about The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Navajo Code Talkers
WATCH: Singin’ in the Rain (1952): “Moses Supposes”
WATCH: My Fair Lady (1964)
Here are even more linguistically significant films
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) quotes
Wikipedia: Nut rage incident
Word rage on Language Log
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