Can computers detect sarcasm? Predict betrayal? Spot a drunk text?

Yes, all that and then some. A recent conference gave computational linguists a chance to show how sharp the cutting edge of language technology really is.

Linguist Daniel Midgley reads the articles so you don’t have to, for this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Coding in the classroom: Python overtakes French as most popular ‘language’ in primary schools

WaPo: Inside the surprisingly high-stakes quest to design a computer program that ‘gets’ sarcasm online

The Sarcasm Detector

The paper: Harnessing Context Incongruity for Sarcasm Detection (PDF)

ScienceNews: A few key signs betray betrayal

Cornell Uni: Language analysis predicts a coming betrayal

STUDY: Changes in language, tone could reveal impending betrayal

The paper: Linguistic Harbingers of Betrayal: A Case Study on an Online Strategy Game (PDF)

IIT-Bombay team creates program to detect drunk text message writers

The paper: A Computational Approach to Automatic Prediction of Drunk-Texting (PDF)

Paper: Modeling Argument Strength in Student Essays (PDF)

Paper: Automatic disambiguation of English puns (PDF)

Paper: Automatic Discrimination between Cognates and Borrowings (PDF)

All the ACL2015 papers!

The Gayby Project

Gayby Baby: NSW Government’s ban on screening same-sex parenting documentary sends ‘negative message’ to young people

Why banning Gayby Baby is damaging for gay families

Oh Hey There: Trisyllabic Lax

:Trisyllabic Laxing:

GLoWbE: The Corpus of Global Web-Based English

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