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Are computers getting to grips with language?

This is an interesting post about the progress computers have made in translation, voice recognition and speech synthesis. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Eight of the best books for language lovers

There are some informative and amusing books about the English language in today’s post. Eight of the best books for language lovers. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Going to Paris? Then head for the language museum

David Crystal usually writes interesting pieces. This one about a language museum in Paris is no exception. I’m fascinated by the sentence “Mark has succeeded where other language museum projects, conceived on a larger scale, have failed.” This isn’t an … Continue reading

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Some word histories

We haven’t had any word histories for a while. Here are three to put that right: Zilch Two hoots Nick of time Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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How words are organised in the brain

Scientific stuff today. Neuroscientists have put together an atlas showing how words are organised in the brain. Clever stuff, eh? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Brand spanking new

Here is the background to an odd phrase: brand spanking new Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Some phrase origins

Time for some etymology. Which is a very big word for such a list of trivial phrases: Turn up for the book Whip round Work cut out Balls-up Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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The origins of language

The origins of human language is one of the hardest problems of science. Isn’t it a shame they didn’t keep proper records at the time… Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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The link between sounds and words

Languages are rich in words that sound their meaning. Some of these sound-meaning associations are similar across languages. According to some new research, some people are especially good at matching unknown, foreign words with their meanings. Find out about these rules of … Continue reading

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Is this social mobility for words?

Politicians talk about social mobility a lot. Most of us see nothing wrong with bettering ourselves by climbing up the ladder. But when words move from one class to another two camps emerge: Some people welcome the innovation & think … Continue reading

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