Tagged with “language” (159)

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Steven Pinker on Music

    The really big questions.

    http://trbq.org/listen/

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Why we all need a little respect for the word ‘moist’ | Public Radio International

    It works so hard, for so little recognition.

    http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-11-27/why-we-all-need-little-respect-word-moist

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  10. Things That Come Out of Your Mouth | Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

    Part two of our oral fixation: How to talk to your doctor, marine regurgitations, and texting. The panel:

    Frank Delaney, novelist, podcast host, and “the world’s most eloquent man.” May or may not have had untoward interactions with a horse.

    John McWhorter, Columbia University linguist and host of the Lexicon Valley podcast. Working on his 20th book.

    Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, Columbia professor of surgery and TV host; knows how to treat his own bee stings.

    http://tmsidk.com/2016/11/things-that-come-out-of-your-mouth/

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