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“The turn of the century”

I had to read the following paragraph three times to understand it: “There’s been interest in neural networks and analog computation and more statistical, as opposed to algorithmic, computing since at least the early 1940s, but the dominant paradigm by far was the algorithmic, rule-based paradigm— that is, up until about the turn of the century.” (Source)

That’s right, folks — people are using “the turn of the century” to mean the turn of the twenty-first century. I can’t articulate fully why I find this so strange, but I do.

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Returning

After a long hiatus, I’m returning to the blog.

My goal is to post language links every Monday, and one short essay each week. Coming up in a few days: on partnership: spouses, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers…

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Language learning tips

I’ve been a bit delinquent on posting links this Monday; it’s because I am working on an ongoing New Year’s resolution — to remain an active language learner. I enjoy learning languages more than almost anything else, so it’s a very good use of my time.

Over the years (and the languages), I’ve received quite a lot of tips on how to learn. Some of them you’ll have heard before; others may be new!

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