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the BNC
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Word Dependence
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more WordNet
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cambridge dictionaries

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Other Than Linguistics

I am of course emailable. write me at johnokdc at hotmail dot com

So many fabulous links!

March 25, 2003

I've decided to retire this weblog - future posts can be found at my other weblog, johnok. I've been drifting way from linguistics as an academic field, so I don't really find myself in the thick of things like I used to. I plan to post things pertaining to linguistics at the other site, but that isn't really its primary focus. Thanks for reading, everyone.

February 25, 2003

Word Bursts
from a while ago via daypop, which has set up a little word burst sitelet of its own. Tends to show last names and other proper nouns and the like more than anything else.

February 16, 2001

Some writing concerning Bayesian networks
via Boing Boing

More semantic web
vai the resource shelf.

January 29, 2003

Linguablogs on MSNBC

January 14, 2002

Verbatim online
magazine edited by Erin McKean, who also works for Oxford University Press as a Senior Editor. link via Games Design Art Culture, a recent blog of note.

is an NLP application which allows non-keyboard text entry based on acceptable letter combinations. The more likely a certain letter combination is, the larger that combination appears. There's some neat animation that demonstrates the concept a little more clearly. all this via boing boing.

January 8, 2003

More animal communication
The headline "Lab chimp speaks his own language" oversells things a bit. It seems that the chimpanzee in question has mastered some basic ideas of representation and speech forms but has yet to put together a sentence or anything like that. I forget who said "Animals are repetitious to the point of inanity" but I think the idea of other animals being able to talk is usually too enticing for journalists to moderate in their claims.

trilingual weblog
Dutch English Portuguese. Seen earlier at

December 24, 2002

Dead Sea Scrolls authors controversy (NYT)

December 11, 2002

3rd singular usage of "Their" in Austen and others
part of a slightly larger linguistic miscellany.

Early Mesoamerican Writing
There have been a spate of articles on this recently - in the post and elsewhere. The times article has a helpful chart on the right side. seen first over at pat's.

December 4, 2002

Script Analysis Casts Doubt on Ossuary

December 2, 2002

Washpost Article about Vocal Cords and new medical technology
Um, I haven't read the article and I'm running out the door at the moment, but It's from today's paper and thought I'd post the link so it would be fresh and all.

Interesting article about the Garifuna community in Guatemala (washpost)
Also found this a more scholarly paper on some political/linguistic issues regarding the Garifuna community.

November 22, 2002

Blue-Green Color Taxonomy may have roots in UV light
article is at the bottom of the page.

Silk Road Online (BBC)
the actual collection can be viewed here but it seems the english part isn't really working. seen at library stuff

November 8, 2002

Lingua Franca (Mediterranean Creole) Glossary
very interesting indeed. another quality link from the mermaid

Wired article on the Rosetta Project
Working to prevent language extinction. Wired has also been so kind as to scatter the article with additional and very useful links. via blogdex

Economist Obituary - Allen Read
somewhat belated although still worthwhile post.

October 24, 2002

Bartleby Has IE roots!
thanks pat

Language Training and Indian Call Centers
Wired Article seen on Boing Boing

Visual Thesaurus
Has been redesigned and looks a good deal better - Parts of speech now visible, as well as general differentiation between senses and other useful wordnet features. from Bifurcated Rivets

Dialect Survey
seen at hit or miss

October 14, 2002

So at work we had a little discussion about the Circassians and what specific ethnic group nineteenth century writers would be referring to with that term. Lo and behold, one of the first things that came up in google was a linguistics paper. And I had a discussion about ergatives recently, too, but I don't remember who with.

Washpost article on synesthesia
Article focuses on alphabetic and psycholinguistic issues. There may be a prompt for demographic information.

October 2, 2002

Web Frequency Indexer
New Toy! Seen at the Scoop.

Baby Babbling and Child Development
from the Science Times. Enigmatic Mermaid has also posted to this article, and she has been doing a quite a job of posting recent artices of late, so go see her page for more.

Article about Webster's dictionary
which was on daypop or blogdex a while ago. I'm trying to catch up on my posting, here.

September 25, 2002

So there's that new version of Google News, and you can search for computational linguistics or natural language processing on it, and it does appear that much of what comes up is tangential press releases, but there are a few useful things here and there.

Neologism Site
seen at

September 19, 2002

New Mayan Texts Discovered

I'm back from vacation. Had a great time.

August 28, 2002

Sch°yen Manuscript Collection
Which has a number of manuscripts and artifacts of interest to historical linguists, including paleography, manuscripts written in old and middle english, and a page from a bible written in Geez.

Computational Linguistics Weblog
almost forgot this last one.

August 23, 2002

At the moment I am trying to get all my affairs in order before I go on my vacation to Central Asia, so updates are apt to be infrequent and halfhearted. Just so you know.

Language Gene Article
from the BBC, via glossblog.

Language Gene Article
from National Geographic

Abstract and Extract Maker
NLP demo

Article in Post on Use of Spanish in Workplace
There is increasing demand for practical spanish classes, for increasing numbers of fields.

August 16, 2002

So I have put Pat's linguistics weblog thing on the left. I was going to put some more weblogs over there but I have suffered an attack of the lazies. It's August.

Linguistic Map of Los Angeles
from Pat

Gene Mutations linked to Language Development

August 2, 2002

I'm in the process of adjusting the sidebar. I'm going to add other linguistics weblogs and remove non-linguistics links aside from otl.

July 22, 2002

International Dialects of English Archive
from Birfucated Rivets. Archive mostly consists of MP3 recordings of the dialects of interest.

July 16, 2002

Business Week article about translation services
from the resource shelf.

Name pronunciation site
via strange brew

July 9, 2002

Similarities between word and social relationships
Article in Nature discusses a study done using a linked thesaurus and there is an abstract available here. Article seen on

On Talker Voice in Language Identification
from Bifurcated Rivets

July 3, 2002

Language Museum
Essentially, Languages of the Word with some text examples. via Internet scout weblog

More Like This Weblog -- Meta: Language
Link from blog with a name that keeps changing.

Is Altavista's new NLP-ish query system. Very wordnet-esque hierarchy. via at

June 25, 2002

NLP-based weblog search tool
A further explanation of the technique is viewable here. Much use of the term "latent semantic indexing" and meaning expanding key words to include hyponyms, hypernyms, and other related terms. Link seen on daypop.

June 14, 2002

Wind Talkers
The movie has more focus on war and military matters and characters, etc. Than on the actual code and its development, so far as I gather from the review. Actual movie site can be found here. For those on a cryptography movie kick, don't forget Enigma, also.

"blog" among words entering new OED edition
link via peterme. Also includes some discussion of the North American Reading Program and some selections from the corpus. Additionally, scrolling up reveals another recent post regarding JRR Tolkein's contributions to the OED.

June 11, 2002

"Um" and "Er" (ABC News)
Researchers arguing to give these words semantic as well pragmatic value. thanks, kim

Inquira debuts
NLP software. Haven't read their white paper, so I can't say too much regarding the details.

June 10, 2002

Childhood Amnesia may have linguistic roots
[third article] The inability to remember events from early childhood may relate to childhood linguistic development according to an article in the journal Psychological Science. Article abstract available here.

May 28, 2002

Article on Language Extinction
Here called "language loss"

NYT article on the validity of handwriting analysis

May 22, 2002

NYT article on the Evolution of Language
New Books, theories about sign language, flowering of technology, etc.

Article on Google Labs
Google Labs has several demos currently running, including a glossary and google sets, which works on word associations or proximity or something to that effect. Now linked to everywhere, but noticed at library stuff.

May 17, 2002

Animal Communication
ABC News story about a study which indicates that cats' vocalizations have changed compared to their wild relatives.

Dubbing Technology Improves
MIT researchers have been able to alter videos so that people appear to be speaking dubbed text themselves.

May 10, 2002

Paper on Thesauruses/Knowledge Databases
via the Resource Shelf

May 1, 2002

Compression and Translation issues
Article in yesterdays NYT, from the science times.

April 26, 2002

the phraselator
apparently more of an electronice phrasebook than nlp technology, but nonetheless interesting. via songdog

article on mobile phones and gossip
as an anthropological phenomenon. via aldaily

semantic web article

April 16, 2001

Which indexes writing and so far as I understand, does a word count, with more prominent words appearing in bolder and brighter colors. All arranged in quite a visually appealing way. There is also an article in today's NYT. Thanks, Stephen.

NYT article - Early Egyptian Writing
Possibly predating Sumerian Cuneiform.

April 14, 2002

Endangered Languages article on ABCnews

April 4, 2002

Um and Er in English
and its function in discourse, in new scientist. Italians, by the way, are fond of the expression, 'alora,' akin to french 'alors.' This via strange brew

NLP weblog
Mostly dealing with translation issues and document processing. Mostly in French. via enigmatic mermaid, which also deals with language issues.

March 27, 2002

Machine Translation in the Economist
A Fairly long article. via the Resource Shelf

March 22, 2002

Weblog Translator
using google translate. But nonetheless convenient. This via Bifurcated Rivets.

March 14, 2002

Alan Turing's treatise on the Enigma Machine
via Boing Boing

The Semantic Web, as told by Business Week
via the resource shelf

Mcsweeney's List: Skating Term or Phonetic Symbol?

March 8, 2002

please note that my email address has changed.

Language and Literature Index
from the Ancient World Web

February 28, 2002

hieroglyphics translator

topical dictionaries database

February 26, 2002

Psycholinguistic Analysis
of Rudy Giuliani. in NYT.

February 21, 2002

Code-breaking article in the Atlantic Monthly
Which argues that code-makers have an increasing advantage over code-breakers.

February 14, 2002

Article concerning German-English Translation issues
article in german. Followed, however, by a great many useful links on the matter

February 13, 2002

Glove invented to interpret ASL
in the New York Times.

Dictionary with Voice Recognition
A Russian Company has created a travel dictionary that employs some voice recognition technology

February 8, 2002

A History of English Genitive and Possessive
for nouns. Includes some folk etymology picked up by Samuel Johnson.

February 7, 2002

Ultralingua Dictionary
with phonetic and definition keyword searches. The main site is a general language portal.

February 1, 2002

John McWhorter's New Book Reviewed
in SFGate. Review generally good, although the reviewer makes a few mistakes esp in regard to language complexity and language learning (complete fluency takes a similar time for children learning english as well, although near-fluency is usually achieved by age five or six. but I digress.) This link from aldaily, which usually does not post good linguistics links, but points to them anyway.

January 30, 2002

program written to identify authors' writing styles
in Nature. It seems that the algorithm looked at frequency and repitition of characters of something to that effect. The full original paper is available here, but for a fee. Originally seen at

January 24, 2002

a wordnet 1.7 interface
which I haven't tried out too much, but looks interesting nonetheless.

Ojibwe and Odawa translator
Although it works from a somewhat limited vocabulary. Good on pronouns, inflectional morphology, it seems.

R.I.P Pierre Bourdieu (article in french)
Author of Language and Symbolic Power. This via Arts and Letters Daily. A shorter article in english, also.

January 21, 2002

An interview with Gerald Gazdar
from a blog with a name that keeps changing.

January 17, 2002

AP article about OED neologisms
Some of which will fall into disuse, and some of which will go on to great fame, I'm sure. Of course, keeping a static record of something dynamic as natural language is always a difficult task.

January 15, 2002

Letter in Cherokee Syllabary
In keeping with nineteenth-century language issues. From a very interesting site that I have not entirely looked over about Creek, Chicasaw, and Cherokee removal to Oklahoma.

January 11, 2001

Things have been a little slow recently, but I should soon have enough time to devote in posting more helpful links in the future. Anyway, I would like to focus in the future on a few specific fields, namely:

  • Perceptions of language and linguistics in mainstream media.
  • historical linguistics in nineteenth-century north america.
  • online resources, demos and the like.
not that these three things are terribly topically related to one another. But that should at least help me in deciding what to post.

Online Demos Links

January 8, 2002

What is Linguistics?
A useful explanation for those who ask you how many languages you speak. This via bouillabaise for the soul, another linguist weblog, and a recent blogger blog of note.

January 4, 2002

Economist on English use in Hong Kong

January 3, 2002

It being 2002 and all, I have decided to archive again, and perhaps do a little more housecleaning and the like. happy new year, and more links coming soon.

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