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  • "The people that stayed back the facts"

    Published: 4/12/2016
    This is a reality check on the current state of ASR algorithms. I took the 950-word passage by Scottie Nell Hughes discussed in yesterday's post (""), and submitted to two different Big Company ASR AP ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • "Bad" borrowings in North Korean

    Published: 3/12/2016
    Last week, the Daily NK (from Seoul) published an article by Kang Mi Jin about "Loanwords frequently appearing in the Rodong Sinmun" (11/25/16), South Korean original here.  Rodong Sinmun is the offic ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Theorists of post-modern politics

    Published: 3/12/2016
    I was surprised to learn that Scottie Nell Hughes has a broadcast communications/political science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, rather than a degree in literary theory from Flori ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Telephone or telegraph?

    Published: 29/11/2016
    There's a controversy over whether President Xi Jinping called President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the November 8th election.  The problem is summarized in this passage ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Language & Communication: Request for Information

    Published: 29/11/2016
    This is a guest post by Bill Badecker, Linguistics Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Subject: Language & Communication:  Request for Information Dear Colleagues, I am reaching o ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Mixed metaphor of the week

    Published: 29/11/2016
    “As the car is hurtling towards the cliff, it’s driving on quicksand,” Levitt said. The context — Tierney Sneed, "Why The GOP Is Still Playing With Fire With Obamacare Repeal And Delay", TPM 11/ ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Apostrophe in Hebrew

    Published: 22/11/2016
    We've already looked at the use of an apostrophe in Hangul.  Now Wendy Heller has sent in this photograph of a shop sign in Haifa, Israel: The apostrophe is a flower so as to be distinguished from the ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Another fake AI failure?

    Published: 21/11/2016
    The "silly AI doing something stupidly funny" trope is a powerful one, partly because people like to see the mighty cast down, and partly because the "silly stupid AI" stereotype is often valid. But a ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Using animal images to cast aspersions

    Published: 20/11/2016
    We call people "swine", "pigs", "dogs", "curs", "rats", even "water buffalo" when we want to disparage them. The latter epithet was uttered in the famous "water buffalo incident" that took place at th ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
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