The creation of very large bodies of facts and figures – so-called ‘big data’ – challenges existing methods and theories in many fields of enquiry. Is bigger always better?
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This discussion explores how far local and regional identities are linked to speaking a dialect, and will consider what the future might be for accents and dialects in an increasingly globalised age.
Language is fluid and ever-changing – it varies across time, between speakers and within the same speaker. However, language cannot change in just any way. It is restricted by how language is structured and represented in our brains, specifically in the mental lexicon. An approach which deals with several kinds of variation by combining the study of historical change with the experimental investigation of language processing in today’s speakers may reveal new insights into the nature of language which have previously eluded researchers.
Professor Tannen explains and explores how women and men tend to, and are expected to, use language in conversation, and how these ways of speaking affect relationships with family, colleagues and romantic partners.
Join Marina Warner, award-winning author, historian and mythographer in an exploration of her latest collection of essays.
When my children were much younger and took some interest in what I do for a living, they would occasionally ask me to explain what computational linguistics is, and to give them an idea of what computational linguists do. After my initial attempts to respond with academic verbiage were roundly dismissed as uninformative, I found myself facing a tough audience of irritatingly bright kids, who quite rightly insisted on clear, comprehensible answers to very good questions.