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Tag: Linguistics


A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline

Cloaking violent, even murderous actions in anodyne language might help a few doubting functionaries sleep easier at night, but it should make the rest of us profoundly uneasy.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Is Income Inequality Actually About Housing?

An MIT graduate has a new theory about the root cause of inequality; more Mexican immigrants have gone back to their native country since the 2008 economic crash than have moved to the U.S.; and a professor of linguistics explains why English is an extremely weird language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Secret Service Seeks to Automate Social Media Message Evaluation

To help it judge whether to take specific threats online seriously, the U.S. Secret Service has offered a contract for analytics software that can be used “to detect sarcasm and false positives” on Twitter and other social media.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Male Speech Patterns Are Changing

“Uptalk,” the habit of increasing the pitch of one’s voice at the end of sentences, is on the rise among California males, new research shows.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


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Lone Frenchman Fights to Save Dying Alaskan Language

It’s not entirely clear what, besides a love of linguistics and an apparently compelling documentary, spurred young Guillaume Leduey to launch a one-man campaign to resuscitate an Alaskan language, Eyak ... (continued)

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