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Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years...

2009-02-26

 English linguistics history etymology
Neil Armstrong missed out an "a" and did not say "one small step for a man" when he set foot on the Moon in 1969, a linguistic analysis has confirmed...

2009-06-03

 Neil Armstrong Moon Apollo language linguistics
In a series of clever experiments guided by pointed questions, she is amassing evidence that, yes, language shapes thought. The effect is powerful enough, she says, that "the private mental lives of speakers of different languages may differ dramatically," not only when they are thinking in order to speak, "but in all manner of cognitive tasks," including basic sensory perception. "Even a small fluke of grammar...

2009-07-09

 language culture psychology linguistics point of view perception
is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of ALL documented human languages.
 language diversity database linguistics international
A language isolate is a natural language with no demonstrable genetic relationship with other living languages; that is, one that has not been proved to descend from a common ancestor to any other language.
 language linguistics evolution
Analyses of classic authors' works provide a way to "linguistically fingerprint" them, researchers say. The relationship between the number of words an author uses only once and the length of a work forms an identifier for them, they argue...

2009-12-10

 word literature linguistics statistics toread
Scientists may be a step closer to understanding the origins of human language. Two studies suggest that the ability to combine sounds and words to alter meaning may be rooted in a species of monkey. A team found the Campbell's monkey can add a simple sound to its alarm calls to create new ones and then combine them to convey even more information...

2009-12-11

 monkey language linguistics speech evolution
Using Google Transliteration you can convert Roman characters to their phonetic equivalent in your language. Note that this is not the same as translation — it's the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other...

2009-12-17

 transliteration script linguistics tool Google
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
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
The Ngram Viewer lets you graph and compare phrases from these datasets over time, showing how their usage has waxed and waned over the years. One of the advantages of having data online is that it lowers the barrier to serendipity: you can stumble across something in these 500 billion words and be the first person ever to make that discovery.

2010-12-16

 ngram tool Google language linguistics history book mining statistics

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