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  • 22 Feb 2024
    Mihai Surdeanu, Marco Antonio Valenzuela-Escárcega

    To Understand Large Language Models We Need to Go Back to the Basics

    Arthur C. Clarke famously stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Most of us have experienced this law with respect to the latest iterations of large language models (LLMs) such as GPT-4. This perspective may lead to incorrect usage of LLMs, resulting in undesirable and dangerous effects such as privacy violations, proliferation […]

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  • 2 Nov 2023
    Tim Wharton, Louis de Saussure

    Emotion? We don’t talk about it!

    Few would deny that emotions are fundamental to what it means to be human. Indeed, according to some, emotions are what make us human. Given that, and given the fact that humans communicate about their emotional states a great deal, you might think that theories of language and communication would include comprehensive accounts of how […]

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  • 19 Oct 2023
    Ekkehard Wolff

    Reconstructing an ancestral African language, mother to 80 present-day languages in the central African Sahel

    In this blog, I provide answers to a few basic questions that I imagine a reader, who is not an expert in historical African linguistics, might wish to ask the author. Why this topic, what’s so interesting about it? Africa is the cradle of humankind and where human language evolved. Tens of thousands of years […]

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  • 2 Mar 2023
    Edith Podhovnik

    Cats and Us – A Curious Relationship

    You do not necessarily have to follow online cats on social media to read the book, but if you do, you might have come across one or the other cat-inspired linguistic process before or have perhaps found a meowlogism not mentioned in the book. Yet, regardless of your online habits, a curiousity for all things […]

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  • 30 Jan 2023
    Daniel Altshuler

    Linguistics meets Philosophy

    All scientific fields were born from philosophy. And most were born a long time ago. So long ago that conversations between the philosophic ‘parent’ and the scientific ‘child’ are currently non-existent. For example, it’s rare to see collaborative research that involves a physicist and a metaphysician, and you won’t find a philosopher at a chemistry or […]

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  • 13 Jan 2023
    François Grosjean

    Life as a Bilingual: Part 2

    “Life as a Bilingual” – a highly successful blog and now a new Cambridge book Back in 2016, Cambridge Extra published an interview[1] of François Grosjean[2], a recognized expert on bilingualism, who talked about his Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual”[3] which he had started back in 2010. He discussed a number of topics […]

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  • 9 Jan 2023
    François Grosjean

    Life as a Bilingual: Part 1

    Who could have imagined this kind of success for a scientific blog on bilingualism? In 2016, François Grosjean was interviewed about his Psychology Today blog, “Life as a bilingual”, by Ewa Haman, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. The Polish translation appeared under the title, “Nie mógłbym nawet marzyć o takiej liczbie czytelników” on dwujęzyczność.info. […]

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  • 28 Nov 2022
    Natalia Levshina

    An Introduction to Communicative Efficiency

    For a long time, linguists have thought of language as a tool for thinking. Under this view, how we use language for communication is not particularly interesting because it does not tell us anything about the ‘core’, ‘inherent’ properties of language. Nowadays, many language scientists argue that communication is an important factor that explains why […]

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