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  • Donald Trump: Cognitive decline or TDS?

    Published: 23/05/2017
    Sharon Begley, “Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?“, STAT 5/23/2017: STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • An Obscure Linguistic Item.

    Published: 23/05/2017
    Jeremy Adler reviews (TLS, Oct. 16, 2015) a book by “the writer Schuldt, who never uses his first name” that is obvious LH material: The reappearance, after more than thirty years, of one ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
  • Chinese emoji, with a twist

    Published: 23/05/2017
    Adrienne LaFrance has an eye-opening article about “The Westernization of Emoji” in The Atlantic (5/22/17).  Here’s the summary statement at the beginning: The takeout box and the fo ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • “Little Man” the eating machine

    Published: 23/05/2017
    There’s a curious article by Kathy Chu and Menglin Huang in the Wall Street Journal (5/21/17): “How a Toddler Who Loves Eating Transfixed China:  2½-year-old Xiaoman is an online sensation ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Siri can you hear me?

    Published: 22/05/2017
    Wired.com has some perfect linguaphile clickbait: “Watch People With Accents Confuse the Hell Out of AI Assistants.”  By “accents” they mean, non-American ones (e.g., Irish English). The AI Assistants ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • On the radar: dementia tax

    Published: 22/05/2017
    With Theresa May announcing today that a cap would be imposed on costs paid by those needing social care under a policy outlined in last Thursday’s Conservative Party manifesto, and widely described s ... Read more
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