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The latest in gadgets: Making apps and robots that think

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):<p>6:15 p.m.<p>IBM CEO …

Donald Trump Says U.S. Will Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that as president he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, his campaign …

Tom Wolfe discovers language

"In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick", NPR Weekend Edition Saturday 8/27/2016:<p>One of America's most distinguished men of letters …

How Facetime Saved the Turkish President from His Country's Attempted Coup

Social media, the very form of communication President Erdogan has earned a reputation for suppressing, came to his rescue during Friday night's chaos.<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE Greece</i><p>Between gunshots, injuries, explosions and the sight of tanks in the street, Friday's attempted coup …

13, right now

Published on May 25, 2016<p>She slides into the car, and even before she buckles her seat belt, her phone is alight in her hands. A 13-year-old girl after a day of eighth grade.<p>She says hello. Her au pair asks, “Ready to go?”<p>She doesn’t respond, her thumb on Instagram. A Barbara Walters meme is on the …

Are Apple Products Really 'Hacker Proof'?

What puts you at the greatest risk of being hacked? Is it your operating system, the websites you visit, the up-to-datedness of your anti-virus software?<p>Sure, all of those things matter - and they matter a lot - but what it really boils down to is this: how complacent are you about …

Operating Systems

Why You Should Never Email a Social Security Number

Tax season is officially in the rear view, which means most of us are breathing a sigh of relief. But some of us remain anxious. It’s not about the …

Silicon Valley’s Dumb Money

There’s a piece in the New York Times today which posits that the cycle may be turning in Silicon Valley. Well-known venture capitalists such as …

These dolphins talk to each other. Why do we insist it isn’t language?

A new study shows that dolphins chatter while cooperating on a task. The line between human and animal language may not be as clear as we like to think<p>A team of researchers in Florida recently set out to record the “acoustic behaviour” of bottlenose dolphins while they completed a difficult …

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

This is how your brain determines if you're left-handed or right-handed

We now know that a child's handedness says something about the organization and function of their brain.<p>The left and right hemispheres of the brain control motor action on the opposite sides of the body. Yet, the left and right halves of the brain are not equal in their control of different types …

We analyzed the names of almost every Chinese restaurant in America. This is what we learned

By Roberto A. Ferdman and<p>Roberto A. Ferdman<p>Bio<p>Christopher Ingraham<p>Christopher Ingraham<p>Reporter covering all things data<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A funny thing happened when reporter Jennifer 8. Lee showed the man who invented General Tso's Chicken what had become of his dish: He was appalled.<p>"That's not …

Pew Research Center

A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China

Living in a world of only Chinese apps–no Google, Facebook, Twitter!–made me appreciate how remarkable the country’s Internet actually is.<p>Last year, the Chinese government made me open a Yahoo account. Well, sort of. I was headed to China for the first time in four years, and I knew I would have a …

More katakana, fewer kanji

In a comment to "Character amnesia and kanji attachment " (2/24/16), I wrote:For the last 40 years and more, I have informally tracked kanji usage in …

Why There’s No ‘Right’ Way To Speak English

The English language is the ultimate code-switcher, gaining multiple personalities when it travels.<p>A sign in Singapore with the four official …

How Being Multilingual Affects Our Personalities

Speaking more than one language is what many people strive for. It puts us at an advantage when we’re applying related jobs, and makes us communicate …

What Is ‘gh’ Doing in So Many English Words?

It’s a blight, a thoroughly tough plight, enough to make you want to fight … or laugh. There are so many ways to pronounce, or <i>not</i> pronounce, the …

Linguistics

From alright to zap: an A-Z of horrible words

Is ‘epic fail’ an epic failure, should ‘to hot-desk’ make us hot under the collar, and is ‘like’ to be, like, deplored? A 21st-century guide to good grammar<p><i>Alright</i>, a merged form of <i>all right</i>, has long been trashed in conservative style guides. A typical work of 1939 says firmly: “Never – <i>never</i> – …

Dictional levels for "again" in Chinese

This is a follow-up to "Again and again " (3/20/16), in which we looked at two different Mandarin words for "again", yòu 又 and zài 再, both of which …

Our bountiful tongue runneth over with synonyms

I’m button-burstingly proud to announce that this installment of “Lederer on Language” is my 200th for the Union-Tribune. This is a good time, then, …

Revealed: the 30 most bizarre phrases in the English language

From ‘brass monkeys’ to ‘taking the mickey’ – here are the 30 most obscure phrases in the English language (and what they mean)<p>There may be over 300 million English speakers on the planet - but how many would understand these bizarre phrases?<p>University linguistics lecturers have picked out the most …

Bizarre British Phrases Quiz: How Many Can You Translate?

There are some real head-scratchers in there.<p>Many foreigners coming to Britain are often left scratching their heads at some of our strange turns of …

Thousands of languages will die out in the coming decades — here's why

In the next 100 years, thousands of languages will die out.<p>It's hard to know just how many languages we'll lose, but linguists estimate that between …

15 Words You Might Not Know Could Be Used As Verbs

Shakespeare was well known for his linguistic inventiveness, and one of his favorite tricks was taking pre-existing words and reusing them as …

Language

hinallie: “ thisisnotharmless: “ Speaking of linguistics, there’s one particular linguistic tick that I think clearly separates Baby Boomers from Millennials: how we reply when someone says “thank...

Demographics

You Really Can't Always Believe Your Eyes--And Linguistics Proves It...

Words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks recently spread its wings over to YouTube, and this week posted a language experiment explaining one of the most bizarre linguistic phenomena discovered in recent years.<p>The McGurk Effect was discovered in 1976 by the British psychologist and linguist …

Words you use can indicate political leaning, study reveals

The words you use can give away your political leaning, with conservatives favouring nouns, a study has found.<p>Research, led by the University of …

Ideology