The idea that we can speak to, and write in natural language to communicate with our computers until recently has been little more than a futuristic dream. And the thought of a kind of personalized robot assistant who could turn our every whim into reality nothing but the stuff of wild imagination. But now, with(…)
Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ll know what Pokémon Go is. Chances are, even if you haven’t played the game for yourself, you have become familiar with some new vocabulary such as pokestop: And pokemon gym – even if up until now you were clueless as to what(…)
The year is some indeterminate point in the future. Gone are our pocket guides teaching us standard phrases to use when we travel abroad. Disappeared are the dual-language signs in restaurants and bars the length and breadth of the world over, that previous have caused us everything from amusement to hilarity with their attempts at(…)
Emojis, special characters that originated in Japan, have boomed in popularity recently: could they succeed where Esperanto failed?
It’s a sad day for one of my favourite language columns, “On Language” in the New York Times. After a 32 year run, this is the final week for the column. “On Language” explored language issues and explained them in an easily accessible way. Ben Zimmer’s final column looks at the future of languages, particularly(…)