1. Lauren Ackerman, who you might recognize as wuglife, is on Lexicon Valley talking about what happens to vowels at high pitches. It’s fascinating, contains cute animals, and I definitely learned things while I was editing it, so you should check it out

    Another really nice demonstration of a related phenomenon is in this real-time MRI of “the diva and the emcee”.

     
  2. curiosaplenty:

    I saw this visualisation of the IPA consonant symbols located in the mouth reblogged elsewhere today. I’ve succeeded in locating down the designer and hi-Res versions. Yipee! It seems to be part of an “Introduction to Phonetics” pack.

    These are really great visualizations (the flickr link includes both consonants and vowels) and I’d definitely recommend them to anyone teaching or learning the International Phonetic Alphabet.

    See also: the IPA vowel chart superimposed on a diagram of the vocal tract and the IPA for English as an elaborate set diagram.

     
  3. Week 3 of Ling Camp

    This was the first week of my second Ling Camp session, Make Your Own Language. Previously: How Does Language Work? Week 1 and Week 2

    The premise of this session was to learn about linguistics by creating a conlang (constructed language), an idea that has been applied with success to undergrad courses (for example, here’s Christine Schreyer’s conlang course, and I know there are others although the names escape me for the moment). To my knowledge, conlanging has not been tried with a 9-14 aged group before, although I know individual conlangers who have started making languages at a young age. But if anyone has examples that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know! 

    Final note: the individual days aren’t as dense with activities as in How Does Language Work?, because I wanted to allow a lot of free time for the students to work on their languages. (I’m not assigning homework for summer camp!) 

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  4. glottalplosive:

    there should be a children’s picture book called one wug, two ____, red wug, blue wug.

    Since I already had a red wug image from here, I figured I’d better make this. 

     
  5. tumblinguists:

    A collection of historical sound changes that I curate. Feedback and (cited) submissions are encouraged.

    So I just got this link in my inbox as a submission, and Oh My Gheg, I am in pure awe of this masterpiece.

    Historical linguists, especially those of PhoPho leanings, look at this. Just behold.

    Thank you, man-in-space!

    It would be interesting to compile this data to see which of these changes are more and less common. Some, like palatalization, voicing assimilation, and homorganic nasal assimilation, should be really common, but it would be interesting to see if other trends would emerge. Anyone know if someone’s done this?

     
  6. zmyaro:

    To any Tumblrites who are deaf, hard of hearing, know people who are, or just enjoy cool tech, a start-up called MotionSavvy is working on technology that uses Leap Motion to recognize sign language and and outputs written or spoken English.  The project was started by a group of deaf students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (yay RIT!) who moved to San Francisco to develop the product with Leap.

    The team has over 800 deaf beta testers, but they are looking for more.  They hope to have a product available to consumers by September of 2015.

    For more information, check out this TechCrunch article and this video.

    The links are definitely worth checking out: according to the TechCrunch article, the prototype only understands about 100 words at the moment, but they’re working on more with the beta testers. I’m guessing it’ll probably be realistic to eventually expect a level comparable to other types of machine translation (Google Translate, etc.), which although by no means perfect is still very useful. 

     
  7. image: Download

    Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.  
As if it couldn’t get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. 
(Hm, I’m pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said “xyr”, in retrospect.)

    Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.  

    As if it couldn’t get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. 

    (Hm, I’m pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said “xyr”, in retrospect.)

     
  8. linguisten:

    » Yurok, Cornish, Wampanoag (Wôpanâak), Kaurna, Maori (Māori)

    For more on the revitalization of Wampanoag, see the documentary We Still Live Here, which can be watched here.

     
  9. Week 2 of Ling Camp

    This week concluded the How Does Language Work? session of Ling Camp. For background and the first week, see: summary of  Week 1

    Day 6 - Ambiguity and Processing

    We looked at various types of ambiguity and what they tell us about language:

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  10. Wordbank

    Wordbank is a new database of children’s language. From the description: 

    Wordbank archives data from the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory (MB-CDI), a family of parent-report questionnaires. The Wordbank database enables researchers to recover data filtered by source, age, gender, word, and a host of other variables, enabling simple export of plain-text data for further analysis.

    Wordbank also include a number of reports based on recent research on children’s vocabulary: see how children’s vocabulary grows and changes across early childhood.

    We hope that by pooling detailed word-learning data across labs, we can create a database of unprecedented size that will lead to new insights about the shape of vocabulary development in early childhood.

    There are various interesting things you can do with the database, such as search, seeing summary statistics, and contributing data.  

    You can also use the word cloud feature to generate what are quite possibly the most adorable wordclouds ever. I mean, look at this. D’awwww. 

    I assume the forms like nghtnght or quackqck are standardized short forms driven by character limits, rather than typos, but perhaps someone who knows the database or this questionnaire would like to confirm that? 

    See also CHILDES, a long-established database of transcripts of child language.