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How can computers handle human language. Linguistic theory and research. What are the latest discoveries about languages. Latest research discoveries.
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Languages, Litanies, and the Limit

Languages, Litanies, and the Limit | Natural Language processing | Scoop.it
In this article, I explore Stephenson's use of mathematical objects and philosophies in his novel Anathem (2008). Comparing it to Plato's Timaeus, I argue that the novel should not be read as a literal expression of Stephenson's own philosophical commitments, but that it should instead be treated as a thought-experiment in metaphysical possibility. I then situate the novel in the context of mathematical philosophy, and by means of close readings of the relevant passages, proceed to argue that the conclusion of Anathemsuggests a possible reconciliation between Platonist and Fictionalist philosophies of mathematics.

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How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives? | SharpBrains

How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives? | SharpBrains | Natural Language processing | Scoop.it

By using lan­guage to help us reflect on pos­i­tive ideas and emo­tions, we can enhance our over­all well being, and we improve the func­tion­ing of our brain.


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21 Emotions with No English Word Equivalents

21 Emotions with No English Word Equivalents | Natural Language processing | Scoop.it

This is the early stage research of the project. In late January, 2012, I emailed around Royal College of Art asking for words describing emotions in languages other than English that are untranslatable into English. Interesting enough, in order to understand the untranslatable words I had to have several correspondence with the person who contributed the word, and through this back-and-forth discussion can I actually get the glimpse of the emotion itself. These explanation of the untranslatable words are often in the format of "it is a kind of (emotion A), close to (emotion B), and somehow between (emotion C) and (emotion D)." This triggers me to map out the emotions based on the classification of emotions provided in Shaver et al. - "Emotion Knowledge - Futher Exploration of a Prototype Approach." in the book Emotions in Social Psychology by W. Parrott (2001). Which I intented to visualised the untranslatable words as chemical molecules that reacts with the emotion "nodes" to the fact that untranslatable words are often complicated emotions that are the mixture of other translatable emotions.


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Martin Daumiller's curator insight, January 18, 2013 6:26 AM

Design student Pei-Ying Lin took Parrot|s Classification of Human Emotions as a base and tried to add different emotions to it, which don't exist in English, but in other languages, such as Hebrew, Russian, German, Italian, Mandarin, etc.

She tried to express similarities and closeness to other emotions and managed to visualize the relationship between the foreign emotion-words and the English ones.

In Lins words, her project is one "that investigates human emotions and languages. By re-looking at how humans communicate, it searches for a way to connect our inner self and personal emotions, through the design of a personal language and several new ways of communication. It is an investigation of how language can be improvised to connect our emotions in this multilingual world."

This is a nice example and visualization of the culture-rootedness of emotions. It underlines the historical and social background necessary for the development of a certain set-of-mind required to feel and express specific emotions.

Sophie Martin's comment, March 13, 2013 7:30 PM
full size http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/emotions-which-there-are-no-english-words-infographic
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Emergence Language

"Language is an ecstatic activity of signification. Through the act of speaking vividly, we enter into a flirtation with the domain of the imagination. The fluency, the ease, the aptness of expression one becomes capable of are such that one is astounded by the words that issue forth" - Terrance McKenna


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