Why did the computer cross the road?
Linguists are trying to get computers to do very human things: detect humour, recognise irony, and even write jokes. But can computers do funny? What makes something funny, anyway?
Linguist Daniel Midgley hacks the humour mainframe on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Em Burrows
Gina Williams in the Guardian: “Gina Williams on why every Australian should know some Indigenous words”
Discovering the land and its people through Noongar place names
Boodjar: Nyungar Placenames in the South-West of Western Australia
Department of Education: Contrary to popular belief, the ‘up’ at the end of south west town names does not reflect ‘plenty of water’ but ‘place of”.
Australian Kids Are Learning the Warumungu Language With a Radio Cockatoo’s Help
What is comedy and what makes something funny?
Scientists Discovered What Makes Something Funny
Fawlty Towers: The Hotel Inspectors
Abbott and Costello: Who’s on First?
Norm MacDonald’s moth joke
Norm Macdonald and the moth joke: Analysis
Huge list of humour in NLP
Zhang and Liu: Recognizing Humor on Twitter
Taylor and Mazlack: Computationally Recognizing Wordplay in Jokes
The Science Behind “That’s What She Said” (TWSS)
[Subject] Could Eat [Object] All Day. That’s What She Said.
Kiddon and Brun: “That’s What She Said: Double Entendre Identification”
Ong, et al: Automatically Extracting Templates from Examples for NLP Tasks
Evaluating the STANDUP Pun Generating Software with Children with Cerebral Palsy.
The STANDUP project
All Things Linguistic: Nope
“Nope” intensifies, diversifies grammatically
House full of Nopespiders, apparently filmed in Nopesico City.
The Word Detective: Nope
Language Log: Yep and Nope
Online Etymology Dictionary: nope
Was this poem written by a bot, or not?
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.