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Entertainment
by K_Y_Lai
3 years ago
Book Review: Vanishing Voices - The Extinction of the World's Languages (Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine)

A succinct yet inspiring book on language endangerment and language death, the grave consequences and what we can still do about it.

Lifestyle
by K_Y_Lai
3 years ago
What Makes Human Language Special and Unique?

Human communication systems, known as 'language', seem to have a unique and special place in nature and evolution. Distinct even from primate speech, properties like 'arbitrariness', 'displacement' and 'cultural transmission' seem to be absent in most if not all other systems of information sharing in the animal kingdom. Is human language really special, and if so, how... and why?

Technology
by K_Y_Lai
4 years ago
Moment Generating Functions: A Plain-English Explanation

What is the moment-generating function of a normal distribution? Poisson distribution? Binomial distribution? Negative binomial distribution? Gamma distribution? Well, what on earth are MGFs anyway? This article explains in plain English what MGFs are, how you use them and why you need them.

Technology
by K_Y_Lai
4 years ago
Rethinking the Dialect-Language Distinction

Traditional dialect-language distinctions have been widely challenged in recent years, with Mandarin and Cantonese reclassified as languages. Yet is mutually intelligibility that good a criterion? What exactly are dialects and languages? Is our popular conception of a 'language' completely wrong?

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