Is Linguistic Relativity Real?

A few months ago I made a post discussing the theory of linguistic relativity, explaining its general premise and how it was applied in a well-known sci-fi movie. Today, I’d like to revisit the idea, exploring how credible its different versions really are through examinations of a few case studies. To briefly summarize the concept,Continue reading “Is Linguistic Relativity Real?”

What Are the McGurk and Bouba/Kiki Effects?

This week, trying to enjoy the strange 70-degree weather in the middle of November, I spent some time outside reading about two fun linguistic phenomena: the McGurk and Bouba/Kiki effects. The prior is an illusion that occurs when the sound of a phoneme and the lip movement of a different phoneme are overlapped, tricking theContinue reading “What Are the McGurk and Bouba/Kiki Effects?”

Evaluating Computational Models of Language Acquisition

How do children learn language? This question is one of the most important and mysterious challenges facing the modern linguistics community. If answered, language acquisition curriculums could be optimized, neural networks could be designed to more effectively learn human language, language corpora could be modeled after human language comprehension, and our understanding of the complexContinue reading “Evaluating Computational Models of Language Acquisition”

What is the Language of Time?

The third course I had the opportunity to attend at the 33rd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information was titled Temporal Logic: Priorian Perspectives. The lectures were delivered by Professor Patrick Blackburn, one of the best public-speakers I have ever met. The class represented my first formal lessons in complex logic, and IContinue reading “What is the Language of Time?”

Cross-Linguistic Semantics: Methodological Advances

As I mentioned in my previous post, this summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 33rd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information, a fascinating series of multidisciplinary courses focusing on the intersection of computational linguistics, semantics, and logic. Today, I’d like to discuss another class that I attended at the school thatContinue reading “Cross-Linguistic Semantics: Methodological Advances”

Language Resources: Optimal Neural Network Training

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 33rd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information, a fascinating series of multidisciplinary courses focusing on the intersection of computational linguistics, semantics, and logic. Today I’d like to discuss one of the classes I participated in called Creating and Maintaining High-quality Language Resources, which didContinue reading “Language Resources: Optimal Neural Network Training”

Who Was Morris Halle?

On April 1st, 2022, MIT dedicated a wing of their Stata Center to Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle, celebrating the achievements of the two great linguists and the ongoing incredible linguistic study being conducted at the university. In my time studying linguistics, I have heard of Noam Chomsky many times, frequently seeing him referred toContinue reading “Who Was Morris Halle?”

The Failure of Artificial Language

Throughout the years, many emboldened intellectuals have created their own languages, believing that they had invented easy-to-learn, practical communication systems that would replace the existing languages of the world. As can clearly be seen today, these artificial languages have not been able to conquer natural languages, and the only place they can be consistently foundContinue reading “The Failure of Artificial Language”

What Are The Linguistics Wars?

I’m currently working on a paper discussing the effects of the generativist universal grammar theory on linguistics and related fields. The UG theory is highly controversial and is still disputed to this day. In order to understand the complexity of the debate, one must first learn about where the debate originated: a falling out betweenContinue reading “What Are The Linguistics Wars?”

What is Linguistic Relativity?

A few weeks ago, I watched a movie called Arrival. It was recommended to me as one of the best linguistics movies of all time, so I knew I had to take a look. I won’t give a synopsis of the movie quite yet to avoid spoiling it for you, but I highly recommend youContinue reading “What is Linguistic Relativity?”