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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
  • Trends in presidential pitch II

    Published: 21/05/2017
    In Trends in presidential pitch (5/19/2017), I observed that the median fundamental frequency (= “pitch”) of President Trump’s weekly addresses has increased  steadily since January, ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Pisemsky’s Bitter Fate.

    Published: 21/05/2017
    After reading minor works by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, I’ve read a major one by Pisemsky, and oh what a difference! The first two were still trying to figure out where they were going; Pisemsky wa ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
  • BARF (Belt and Road Forum) 2.0

    Published: 20/05/2017
    [This is a guest post by the inimitable satirist, S. Tsow] [1.0 is this: “BARF (Belt and Road Forum)” (5/19/17)] Xi Jinping (“Mr. Eleven” [XI]) calls his New Silk Road initiati ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
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