Does Google Translate speak "like a 10-year-old"?

Nov 7, 2011 by

[Thanks to Martin W. Lewis for inspiration for this post] In several earlier posts (see here, here and here), I’ve already touched on the topic of Google Translate and its failures to… translate. But the argument...

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Epistemological populism in linguistics

Dec 13, 2010 by

In his recent Geocurrents posting about the Mercator projection, Martin Lewis talks about “epistemological populism”, the approach that “equates truth with popularity” (for example, proponents of this approach...

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Tales from Grammar-Land

Oct 15, 2010 by

While many people are interested in language in general, fewer and fewer people (especially English speakers) today have an even most basic training in grammar. Concepts such as consonant and vowel, noun and verb, nominative and...

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