Happy Labor Day!
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.
Happy long weekend!
Happy Memorial Day!
A few days ago, I read about a study that a dating site conducted about languages. Since languages are at the heart of my career, I was pretty excited to learn that bilingualism is an attractive trait.
But I was surprised by a few things too — especially gender differences. Which languages were most attractive seems to depend on who’s speaking them — men or women.
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…