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Hopefully, this will put the issue to rest

Language Log » Advice from numbers So we can quantify Arnold’s surmise. In spoken English, even in fairly formal settings, hopefully is not ambiguous, because it’s essentially never used as a manner adverb. In written English non-fiction, the manner-adverbial use

Posted in Linguistics

Language Myths

I got this a little while back, and while it was enjoyable enough, I found it a bit repetitive. If you know anything about linguistics (even as little as I know), there’s not a lot here that will be new

Posted in Books, Languages, Linguistics

Does Steve Martin’s Mental Grammar Match Yours?

Wild and Crazy WTF « Literal-Minded On the very first page, though, I found this strange passage: …the mouth speaking the line, the body delivering the gesture, while the mind looks back, observing, analyzing, judging, worrying, and then deciding when

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That’ll keep the riff-raff out

Of course, the tool this came from gives no indication whatsoever of what method it uses to determine readability, and sneakily inserts a link to an advertiser in the html they give you to copy, so caveat lector. Update: After

Posted in General, Linguistics

Adieu, OED Online

Parting is such sweet sorrow. I love the OED Online, and I don’t quite know what I’m going to do to replace it, but I don’t quite love it enough for $395 a year for an individual subscription. You folks

Posted in Languages, Linguistics

Nerd Pr0n

Main Page – NLTK NLTK — the Natural Language Toolkit — is a suite of open source Python modules, data and documentation for research and development in natural language processing. NLTK contains Code supporting dozens of NLP tasks, along with

Posted in Linguistics, Software

Computational Resources for Linguistic Research

Computational Resources for Linguistic Research Bill Poser, who posts at Language Log, maintains a page of goodies for computers and linguistics, with lots of links to freeware that runs on Unix systems. Unfortunately, I’ve pretty much abandoned Linux (gave away

Posted in Languages, Linguistics

Incomprehensible Headline?

In Dynamist Blog: Incomprehensible Headline, Virginia Postrel writes: bq.. Bush’s Aid Cuts on Court Issue Roil Neighbors Unless you click to the story, you’ll never figure out what it means. Or at least I couldn’t. p. Well, it is headline-ese

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Grammatical Terminology, Tongue-In-Cheek

Grammatical Terminology bq.. *Q*: So, what exactly is a noun? *A*: Noun comes from the Latin word for “name.” Nouns name what you’re talking about. For example, if I had to name what you’re doing, I’d say you’re interviewing me.

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The Cult of Strunk and White

I tried to talk him out of his Strunk and White idolatry in the comments section…at least it’s not one of the more objectionable of S&W’s diktats.

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