How AI systems use Mad Libs to teach themselves grammar

Imagine you're training a computer with a solid vocabulary and a basic knowledge about parts of speech. How would it understand this sentence: "The chef who ran to the store was out of food." Did the chef run out of food? Did the store? Did the chef run the store that ran out of food? [...]

By |2020-07-28T11:11:16+00:00July 28th, 2020|A.I., Artificial intelligence, Grammar, Language|0 Comments

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances

A large-scale study of languages shows that the grammar of creoles - which emerged in multilingual situations of extreme social upheaval, like colonial slaveries - are composed from the grammars of other languages that preceded them rather than being innovated from scratch. The study, published today in Nature Human Behavior, analyzed a large number of [...]

By |2017-11-14T22:50:23+00:00November 14th, 2017|Grammar, Language|0 Comments

After Years Of Restraint, A Linguist Says ‘Yes!’ To The Exclamation Point

The only literary work about punctuation I'm aware of is an odd early story by Anton Chekhov called "The Exclamation Mark." After getting into an argument with a colleague about punctuation, a school inspector named Yefim Perekladin asks his wife what an exclamation point is for. She tells him it signifies delight, indignation, joy and [...]

By |2017-06-20T14:51:16+00:00June 20th, 2017|Grammar, Language, Linguistics|0 Comments

P is for #picky: Are millennials obsessed with language?

It’s time to have a word about millennials. In defiance of conventional kids-these-days grumbling, two recent studies have indicated that the millennial generation — roughly defined as those born between 1982 and 2004 — may be more obsessed with the integrity of the written word than their elders. First, an online Harris Poll found that [...]

By |2015-10-14T12:43:56+00:00October 14th, 2015|Grammar, Language, Millenials, Spelling|0 Comments