languages

languages

How ‘Westworld’ Uses Multilingualism to Explore Prejudice

From Japanese to Lakota, the show's foreign language episodes spotlight themes of identity and memory.
Becky Ferreira
6.11.18
The Written Word

This Algorithm Creates Its Own Alien Alphabets

The magic of mathematics makes a mysterious glyph that would make Tolkien or Klingon fans proud.
John Wenz
6.21.17
Tower of Babel

This Old School Wearable Puts a Thousand Languages Around Your Neck

Modeled after the Rosetta Stone, this nickel-sized wearable has 1,000 languages on it, including Swahili, Arabic and Hindi.
Nadja Sayej
5.31.17
machine learning

‘Russia’s Google’ Is Collecting a Database of Rare Languages

Including Elvish.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.17
Google

Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation

"Rather than be defensive about the possibility of being replaced by a machine translator, I am aware of the remarkable feats of which machines are capable."
Arthur Goldhammer
11.24.16
Internet

This Entrepreneur Wants to Build a Kurdish Alternative to Google

Egerin is a Kurdish search engine that aims to bring Kurds online and preserve their languages.
Emiko Jozuka
3.18.16
News

Here's Why Windows Users Quit With Alt+F4, Not Alt+Q

It actually makes a lot of sense.
Matthew Braga
12.10.15
News

A Whistled Turkish Dialect Is Challenging Theories of Languages and the Brain

A group of tweeting Turkish villagers are challenging notions of the brain and language.
Emiko Jozuka
8.18.15
News

Finally, a Taco: The Best and Worst of the 37 New Emojis

A highly subjective ranking.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.17.15
linguistics

How DARPA Plans to Decrypt the Languages That Computers Still Don't Understand

Teaching computers new languages is still time consuming and expensive. LORELEI hopes to change that.
Graham Templeton
3.16.15
Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese New Year Message Is Not Quite There

He loves to flaunt it, but Zuckerberg’s Chinese is still pretty bad.
Steph Yin
2.19.15
Culture

​Globalization Is a Leading Factor in the Death of Minority Languages

A new factor has been linked to the disappearance of little-spoken tongues the world over: economic globalization.
Jordan Pearson
9.3.14
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