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Generating naming languages
Lovely, detailed explanation of generating artificial names that sound like they come from the same (nonexistant) language. Fun.
language  linguistics  generative  writing 
july 2016 by infovore
BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View, The power of language
God this is good - AL Kennedy on language, its power, its potency, and the awful ways grammar is currently being taught.
language  alkennedy  grammar  testing  creativity  expression  history 
july 2016 by infovore
Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages Alex Dally MacFarlane | Interfictions Online
Fascinating article capturing how various translators worked around their languages to translate not only the absence of gendered language _suggested_ in Ancillary Justice, but also the author's deliberate use of the feminine as a generic case. (Also, how to translate things for different cultures - what they expect and what they intimate).
annleckie  writing  gender  language  translation 
november 2015 by infovore
Melioration | Motherboard
Wonderful little story from Saxey about language, gender, and singular-they, although as with the best stories, it's all in the telling. Lots of good brain-tickles in here.
esaxey  writing  stories  fiction  sf  language 
june 2015 by infovore
The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape | Books | The Guardian
"There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject. When I see a moon-bow or a sundog, I usually just say “Wow!” or “Hey!” Sometimes on a mountain, I look out across scree and corrie, srón and lairig – and say nothing at all. But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words."
landscape  writing  language  britain  robertmacfarlane 
march 2015 by infovore
Aphorism Detection
Darius Kazemi on writing aphorism detection; if nothing, it's a lovely insight into how he thinks about problems, as well as some neat code examples.
javascript  bots  language  naturallanguage  dariuskazemi  programming 
january 2015 by infovore
The Cathedral of Computation - The Atlantic
"Here’s an exercise: The next time you see someone talking about algorithms, replace the term with “God” and ask yourself if the sense changes any. Our supposedly algorithmic culture is not a material phenomenon so much as a devotional one, a supplication made to the computers we have allowed to replace gods in our minds, even as we simultaneously claim that science has made us impervious to religion." Ian Bogost on lazy thinking and simplifications, amongst other things.
technology  language  algorithms  youkeepusingthatword 
january 2015 by infovore
The botmaker who sees through the Internet - Ideas - The Boston Globe
"At a coffee shop near his office, Kazemi says he feels about his bots the way he imagines parents must feel about their children. “I’ve created these things, and they’re kind of separate from me now, and so I do feel kind of proud of them,” he says. “Every morning I wake up and I look at the last two hours of TwoHeadlines, and it just gets me every time.”" Yup. That.
dariuskazemi  bots  twitter  art  generativeprose  language 
january 2014 by infovore
Some Assembly Required » Blog Archive » “AI-Driven Dynamic Dialog” at GDC 2012
"At last week’s Game Developers’ Conference I delivered a talk titled “AI-driven Dynamic Dialog”, describing the dialog system used in Left4Dead, Dota, and basically all of Valve’s games since The Orange Box." This is a brilliant talk - really worth going through the PDF for. In a nutshell, it's how the Left4Ddead conversation works - something I tried emulating with my Twitter bots a while back - but also sheds light on how I could have sped up some of the decision-making code on Hello Lamp Post. It's also good on what designing (andwriting) for this kind of work looks like. Might have to write something longer on this.
programming  games  language  conversation  memory  text  valve 
november 2013 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Welsh words for rain
"Brasfrwrw" has got to be witch-rain, right? This is great.
welsh  language  rain  culture 
february 2013 by infovore
nasser/--- · GitHub
"‫قلب‬ is a simple, Scheme-like programming language that you code entirely in Arabic. It is an exploration of the impact of human culture on computer science, the role of tradition in software engineering, and the connection between natural and computer languages." Somebody asked me at Four Thought about non-English programming languages, and I had to explain there really weren't many/any. This is a nice counterpoint, though it's as much a statement as a practical tool, I guess. Still: it's a statement about the thing I explained to the audience member.
code  culture  arabic  language 
january 2013 by infovore
thinkroth/Sentimental · GitHub
"Sentiment analysis tool for node.js based on the AFINN-111 wordlist." Interesting; feel slike it could be ported to other platforms, too.
sentimentanalysis  language  naturallanguage  javascript  nodejs  code 
march 2012 by infovore
Martin Amis: My father's English language | Books | The Guardian
"Infamous will in fact now serve as the reigning shibboleth (or "test word", or giveaway). Anyone who uses it loosely, as I did, is making the following announcement: I write without much care and without much feeling. I just write like other people write" This is good, and sweet at the same time; nice to see a man's cares expressed so well by his son, who's not being an ass for once.
kingsleyamis  martinamis  writing  language  english 
may 2011 by infovore
"...Compares the magnitude of stuff. Like one guided missile destroyer costs as much as three million fluffy kittens."
comparison  data  language  english 
february 2011 by infovore
The Smart Set: How Do You Say... - November 12, 2010
"Words in other languages are like icebergs: The basic meaning is visible above the surface, but we can only guess at the shape of the vast chambers of meaning below. And every language has particularly hard-to-translate terms, such as the Portuguese saudade, or "the feeling of missing someone or something that is gone," or the Japanese ichigo-ichie, meaning "the practice of treasuring each moment and trying to make it perfect."" Lovely little article on the untranslatable.
language  communication  translation  culture 
november 2010 by infovore
Ten Million Sports
"In this adaptation of Raymond Queneau’s 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, the rules of 10 sports (football, polo, water polo, lacrosse, ice hockey, table tennis, basketball, rugby, the Kirkwall ba' and beach volleyball) are divided into their constituant elements (duration, playing area, objective, players per team, attire, ball and method of play/restrictions) in such a way that they can be reassembled without contradicting each other."
games  play  oulipo  language  sport 
april 2010 by infovore
Hand Signals for Johannesburg Taxi Directions [pdf]
Depicted as a grid by artist Susan Wolf; to circumvent the large number of languages spoken in Joburg, taxi drivers have official hand signals to take you from A to B. This PDF shows all of them. (via Bobulate)
southafrica  johannesburg  handsignals  language  signs 
march 2010 by infovore
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
""Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct sentence used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated constructs." And: what a URL.
buffalo  wikipedia  linguistics  language  grammar 
february 2010 by infovore
A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families by Giles Turnbull - The Morning News
"Every family, it seems, has its own set of words for describing particular Lego pieces. No one uses the official names. “Dad, please could you pass me that Brick 2x2?” No. In our house, it’ll always be: “Dad, please could you pass me that four-er?”" So true. I'm trying to recall our own nomenclature.
language  lego  nomenclature  slang  argot  families  building  making 
november 2009 by infovore
List of gairaigo and wasei-eigo terms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"This is a selected list of gairaigo, Japanese words originating or based on foreign language (generally Western) terms, including wasei-eigo (Japanese pseudo-Anglicisms)." One of my new favourite Wikipedia pages; there is some fascinating stuff in here.
japanese  language  english  portmanteau  waseieigo  culture  gairaigo 
august 2009 by infovore
How I Met My Wife
"It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and consolate." And so on.
language  english  grammar  linguistics  writing  negatives 
august 2009 by infovore
Rule-Based Programming in Interactive Fiction
Andrew Plotkin on some of the design of Inform 7, and rule-based programming as it applies to IF. Long story short: everything is exceptional, and designing systems to support the kind of stories IF authors want to tell is hard.
programming  games  design  language  parsing  rules  if  interactivefiction  inform  inform7  parser 
july 2009 by infovore
Rands In Repose: The Words You Wear
"In business, words are like fashion. You try a word on because important people around you are saying it and getting results, but you may not actually know what it means." Rands helps you discover what the words actually mean. As usual, he is right.
business  management  language  jargon  communication  buzzwords 
july 2009 by infovore
Rogue Semiotics » sdfsdf
"‘sdfsdf ‘means, I would argue, ‘I am testing’, or even more specifically, ‘I am now testing what can be seen’. It’s another performative expression because there is no semantic distance between typing this string and doing what it says, in the same way that there is no semantic distance between saying ‘I do’ in your marriage vows and actually performing your marriage vows. Saying is doing."
language  sdfsdf  testing  definition  performance 
july 2009 by infovore
Knave of Diamonds - Treetop
"I gave a presentation on Treetop last night at lrug - seemed to go down well. There aren’t many examples of treetop grammars I’ve seen, so it might be useful if you find the main site’s documentation a bit impeneterable." Roland drops some Treetop science, and it looks very useful. Good stuff!
ruby  language  parsing  processing  tree  treetop  library  rolandswingler 
may 2009 by infovore
Palindrome Semiotics
"The genre of the palindrome, playful and ludic as it is, nonetheless has a strong implication of violence. In the work of its foremost practitioners, Velemir Khlebnikov and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as some of their postmodern successors, the palindrome is closely linked to death, cannibalism, beheading, and murder."
language  semiotics  russian  palindromes  criticism  culture 
april 2009 by infovore
For Whiskey, Everything in Its Place - The Pour Blog -
"...after careful consideration [the editors in charge of style guidelines at the NYT] decided to alter our style. As of now, the spelling whisky will be used not only for Scotch but for Canadian liquor as well. The spelling whiskey will be used for all appropriate liquors from other sources." As it should be.
writing  language  nyt  journalism  whisky  english  style  spelling 
february 2009 by infovore
The Buzzwords of 2008 -
"Picking out political buzzwords from 2008 is like shooting moose in a pigpen. The fundamentals were so dizzyingly strong, it could be tough to keep them all straight." Good selection, though, both political and non.
society  language  type  nyt  jargon  words  slang  buzzwords 
december 2008 by infovore
DM's Esoteric Programming Languages - Chef
"Program recipes should not only generate valid output, but be easy to prepare and delicious." Chef is a programming language where the programs are also valid (if strange) recipes. The syntax description is proper crazy; gives Homespring a run for its money, easily, in the realm of metaphorical programming languages that embrace their metaphor.
software  programming  recipe  chef  language  bonkers 
december 2008 by infovore
“The words should roll out of the mouth” - On the dubbing of “The Wire” in German | The Babbel Blog
The Wire has started airing on German TV, in a dubbed version; fascinating interview on how to translate it whilst keep the flavour of the original show.
wire  dubbing  translation  german  tv  thewire  language  slang 
december 2008 by infovore
BBC NEWS | UK | Councils ban use of Latin terms
Well, as long as they ban every other imported phrase. Stupid as this is, I think the comment that it's "the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing" is a bit of an absurd, and somewhat insensitive, overstatement.
words  language  localgovernment  absurd  latin  english 
november 2008 by infovore
The No Game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The No Game is a party game with only one real rule."
games  play  language  sidsackson 
august 2008 by infovore
"...the empty language of the corporate world, forever leveraging its resources to effect a paradigm shift in the compelling value-proposition of our once-noble language."
corporate  business  language  douches 
august 2008 by infovore
The Medium - Stet - The Internet's Typographical and Grammatical Morass -
"I am stumped by how to excerpt the language on message boards and blogs... My problem with message-board language brings up a prior problem in journalism: the difficulty of translating spoken language into written language."
quotation  language  writing  internet  online  journalism  transcription  dialogue  speaking 
july 2008 by infovore
Plotting the colors « The Arbitrarian
"Dolores Labs paid MechaTurks to apply labels to 10,000 color swatches." Then they built network graphs out of them. Very nice.
network  intelligence  collectiveintelligence  color  research  nomenclature  language  colour 
may 2008 by infovore
Osmo Wiio: Communication usually fails, except by accident - (37signals)
"Osmo Wiio is a Finnish researcher of human communication. His laws of communication are the human communications equivalent of Murphy’s Laws"
communication  language  speech 
april 2008 by infovore
Water Cooler Games - Chris Crawford's Nine Breakthroughs
Some great points here, especially 1, 2, and 3, which apply equally to many forms of design.
chriscrawford  games  design  play  interaction  language  writing 
april 2008 by infovore
Dolores Labs Blog » Blog Archive » Where does “Blue” end and “Red” begin?
"We showed thousands of random colors like this to people on Mechanical Turk and asked what they would call them. Here’s what they said [...]"
colour  language  color  psychology  perception  survey  visualisation 
march 2008 by infovore Programming is Hard, Let's Go Scripting...
"When we call something a scripting language, we're primarily making a linguistic and cultural judgment, not a technical judgment. I see scripting as one of the humanities. It's our linguistic roots showing through." Larry Wall ++
programming  scripting  perl  language  linguisics 
january 2008 by infovore
Weak signals: But tell me how you really feel « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"Chinaderas is the nomenclature assigned [in Mexican Spanish] to imported goods from China, usually those that are knock-offs or replicas of other branded commodities…" Delightful etymology behind it, too.
language  linguistics  etymology  neologism  mexican  spanish  humour 
november 2007 by infovore
Language Switcher WordPress Plugin, from Poplar ProductivityWare
"The Language Switcher WordPress plugin allows you to create a bilingual or multi-lingual blog, using WordPress." Feels a little fudgy to me, but it definitely works.
bilingual  blog  wordpress  plugin  multilingual  language 
october 2007 by infovore
Language Log: [Sic] news from Nature
"In this context, the insertion of a Latin word in a couple of paragraphs may be a tiny step: but it is at least one in the right direction." Nature changes its mission statement.
npg  nature  language 
august 2007 by infovore
The Fishbowl: Understanding Engineers: Feasibility
A nicely-written guide to the way engineers classify problems - and a reminder to us of how other people hear the words we use.
programming  engineering  software  vocabulary  language 
july 2007 by infovore
33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names - Wattpad
Actually knew a few of these already, but there are some great ones in there.
language  words  trivia  vocabulary 
july 2007 by infovore
The Author of the Acacia Seeds, Ursula K. Le Guin
This story is copyright 1974 by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is transcribed from Le Guin's collection The Compass Rose because I'd like my friends to read it.
shortstory  ursulaleguin  scifi  fiction  language 
march 2007 by infovore
Module: ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions::Array::Conversions
Rails helper method of the day: to_sentence. Nicely executed!
rails  rubyonrails  english  language 
october 2006 by infovore
Ruby Linguistics - Trac
Going beyond just pluralize. Cute.
ruby  gem  language  linguistics 
july 2006 by infovore
HQ9 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cal told me about this. I think I could be good at it.
programming  language  absurd  funny 
march 2006 by infovore
Moderation Strategies | Main / HomePage
Clay Shirky's wiki for discussion pattern languages of moderation.
moderation  online  community  discussion  language 
march 2006 by infovore
The Perils of JavaSchools - Joel on Software
Pointers tripped me up when I was 13 and trying to learn C. Flummoxed, I tell you - and put off programming for a while. Now, though, I appreciate Joel's point (even if I'm a lousy coder and not worthy of the title "programmer"). I think it's the fact I k
programming  learning  essay  language  c  java  computing 
january 2006 by infovore
Harper's Magazine: Tense Present.
David Foster Wallace on "Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage"
essay  language  linguistics  grammar 
april 2005 by infovore
I am learn
learn is a perl script that outputs english. what better proof of concept than to dump output to a blog?
ai  blogging  language  linguistics  naturallanguage  perl 
october 2004 by infovore

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