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The Secret Lives of Words – John McWhorter

The other day, I was skimming through the New York Times’s opinion piece column when I found an absolute gem of an article titled The Secret Lives of Words, written by Columbia University linguist John McWhorter. Today, I’d like to share McWhorter’s insights on why old books sometimes feel so incomprehensible, why our policies surrounding…

Feature Story: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain

Imaging Technologies and AI in the 21st Century Questions surrounding the brain functions behind language learning, speech comprehension, and cognitive disorders have puzzled researchers for decades, but in the last few years, advancements in brain imaging technologies and artificial intelligence have started to produce answers. Now, a new technology out of Carnegie Mellon’s Biomedical Functional…

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,…

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 the…

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About Me

My name is Daniel Ben-Levi, and I am a Senior in High School. I avidly research linguistics in my free time, and I run a project-based computational linguistics club at my school. Take a look at my blog to see what I’ve been working on!

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