Tagged with “language” (161)

  1. Allusionist 76. Across the Pond — The Allusionist

    Pavement/sidewalk; football/soccer; bum bag/fanny pack: we know that the English language is different in the UK and the USA. But why? Linguist Lynne Murphy points out the geographical, cultural and social influences that separate the common language.

    https://www.theallusionist.org/allusionist/across-the-pond

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  2. Allusionist 42+43. Survival: The Key rerun — The Allusionist

    To accompany the current Allusionist miniseries Survival, about minority languages facing suppression and extinction, we’re revisiting this double bill of The Key episodes about why languages die and how they can be resuscitated. The Rosetta Stone and its modern equivalent the Rosetta Disk preserve writing systems to be read by future generations. But how do those generations decipher text that wasn’t written with the expectation of requiring decipherment? Features mild scenes of linguistic apocalypse.

    https://www.theallusionist.org/survival-key

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  3. John McWhorter on the Evolution of Language and Words on the Move | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

    How did bad come to mean good? Why is Shakespeare so hard to understand? Is there anything good about "like" and "you know?" Author and professor John McWhorter of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the unplanned ways that English speakers create English, an example of emergent order. Topics discussed include how words get short (but not too short), the demand for vividness in language, and why Shakespeare is so hard to understand.

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  4. Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? —€“ podcast | News | The Guardian

    For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality â—but will it spell the end for dictionaries?

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2018/mar/16/inside-the-oed-can-the-worlds-biggest-dictionary-survive-the-internet-podcast

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  5. Steven Pinker on Music

    The really big questions.

    http://trbq.org/listen/

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  6. Christopher Alexander: A Pattern Language - Studio 360 - WNYC

    Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a surprising influence on another group of experts: the computer scientists who were just beginning to shape the Internet.

    http://www.wnyc.org/story/121365-christopher-alexander-pattern-language/

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  7. Patterns Day: Ellen de Vries

    Ellen de Vries speaking at Patterns Day in Brighton on June 30, 2017.

    A one-day event for web designers and developers on design systems, pattern libraries, style guides, and components.

    Patterns Day is brought to you by Clearleft.

    https://patternsday.com/

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  8. Presentable #15: The Voice of Slack - Relay FM

    Anna Pickard, the Head of Voice and Tone at Slack, talks about how writing and language that is clear, concise, and human can be the bedrock of a great user experience.

    https://www.relay.fm/presentable/15

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  9. Steven Pinker: “The Stuff of Thought” | Talks at Google

    Steven Pinker is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition and has authored ten books, including: The Language Instinct How the Mind Works The Blank Slate The Stuff of Thought The Better Angels of Our Nature and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

    http://stevenpinker.com

    The Stuff of Thought full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBpetDxIEMU

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  10. Deciphering the mysterious encyclopedia known as the Codex Seraphinianus | Public Radio International

    This week, The World in Words podcast tries to figure out how an illegible book with no clear meaning became something of a classic.

    http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-05-31/cracking-codex-seraphinianus

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