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Lojban is a constructed, syntactically unambiguous human language based on predicate logic. ... Has a grammar that is based on predicate logic, designed to express complex logical constructs precisely. Has no irregularities or ambiguities in spelling and grammar (although word derivation relies on arbitrary variant forms). This gives rise to high intelligibility for computer parsing. Is designed to be as culturally neutral as possible...
 language linguistics logic artificial precision lojban
The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC. ... Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old. The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world. ... It is generally believed that all Andamanese languages might...

2010-02-04

 evolution language Andaman Nicobar India extinction anthropology ancient Neolitic Africa
An irony of computer science is that tasks humans struggle with can be performed easily by computer programs, but tasks humans can perform effortlessly remain difficult for computers. We can write a computer program to beat the very best human chess players, but we can't write a program to identify objects in a photo or understand a sentence with anywhere near the precision of even a child...

2010-01-19

 language computer semantic Google
Monkeys avoid long-winded chatter, preferring to keep it brief, a new study suggests.

2010-01-27

 speech language evolution ape macaque brevity toread
People are able to recognise negative sounds, like expressions of disgust, across cultures, say scientists.

2010-01-27

 emotion language culture anthropology communication
A tiny rodent may have the most sophisticated language of any animal. ... With a single bark, he says, a prairie dog may warn about the type and direction of an encroaching predator, and even describe its colour. If confirmed, that means the chattering rodents communicate in a more complex way than even monkeys or dolphins.

2010-02-02

 bark animal intelligence communication language signal
They have been monitoring communications between animals that cannot be heard by human ears. The elephant's trumpeting call will be familiar to most people, but the animals also emit growls. Their growls, however, are only partly audible; two-thirds of the call is at frequencies that are too low to be picked up by our hearing...

2010-02-22

 language elephant signal infrasound
Researchers are now lifting the veil on the elephants' secretive lives, and they are doing so by listening to the rumbles in the jungle...

2010-03-03

 elephant language communication infrasound toread
Using data from Google to make suggetions on where you might like to go next, What Do You Suggest is an experimental and interactive environment designed to explore how we use language and search on the internet.
 suggestion Google visualization language crowdsourcing
Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters.

2010-05-06

 ICANN language script Internet domain name Arabic
A linguistic mystery has arisen surrounding symbol-inscribed stones in Scotland that predate the formation of the country itself.

2010-08-11

 glyph script symbol Scotland linguistics archaeology language writing history

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