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April 24, 2014

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6:36 PM | Apologies
Thhis blog was unavailable for days, apparently due to some denial of service attack. I am also disturbed by Typepad's poor handling of the situation. They completely botched their obligation of keeping me informed of what was happening, and I...
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12:55 PM | Why do We Make Gestures (Even when No One Can See Them)?
The gesture doesn't work all the timeWhy do we gesture? An obvious answer is that we gesture to communicate. After having just taken down his opponent in a two-legged flying tackle, the soccer player puts on his most innocent face while making a perfect sphere with his hands. This gesture conveys the following thought: “Ref, I was playing the ball! Sure, my opponent may be lying there writhing in pain and will soon be carried off on a stretcher but that’s beside the point. I do not […]

April 23, 2014

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7:45 PM | Toward a Computational Historicism. Part 3: Abstraction at the Time Scale of History
Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which humanity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sign to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the […]

April 22, 2014

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7:37 PM | Toward a Computational Historicism. Part II: From History to Abstraction
I examined three different uses of network vizualizations, topic models, Moretti’s plot diagrams, and cognitive networks in first part of this essay, Discourse and Conceptual Topology. When I posted that I imagined only a second part. In the writing, though, that second part grew and grew, so I cut it in two. In this part […]
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1:06 AM | Toward a Computational Historicism. Part 1: Discourse and Conceptual Topology
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. – Percy Bysshe Shelley … it is precisely because we are talking about ordinary language that we need to adopt a notation as different from ordinary language as possible, to keep us from getting lost in confusion between the object of description and the means of description. […]

April 18, 2014

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9:28 PM | The Only Game in Town: Remarks on Alan Liu and Digital Humanities
I’ve collected five New Savanna posts on Alan Liu into a single PDF; you can download it from my SSRN page, Remarks on Alan Liu and the Digital Humanities, A Working Paper. Abstract and introduction below. * * * * * Abstract: Alan Liu has been organizing and conceptualizing digital humanities (DH) for two decades. […]

April 08, 2014

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8:47 PM | Call for papers: The University of Edinburgh’s LEL Postgraduate Conference, 28th – 30th May 2014
Every year postgraduate linguists at the University of Edinburgh get together and run a conference. The deadline for submissions is fast approaching (15th April, 2014), but it’s only 500 words, so I’m sure you’ll be able to cobble something together. For more information, visit the website: http://resource.ppls.ed.ac.uk/lelpgc/ . Here’s the call for papers (lifted from the […]
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3:03 PM | The Undead Findings are Among Us
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11:16 AM | Concepts and Types of Scrap Baling Press Machine
With the increasing trend of the scrap generation procedure, it has become a necessity to implement a refined technology to perform the entire method efficiently. Understanding the utility of the scrap manufactures that affords a huge volume of resources to the industry. Understanding the fact, it design the amazing Scrap Baler machine that enables the … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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4:49 PM | Biology without Darwin?
.Variety is both the spice of life and the basis of evolution. Varieties are what survives natural selection's perpetual test. So without variety there can be no evolution. I see that Derek Bickerton has a paper in the latest issue...

April 03, 2014

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4:05 PM | Replicating Down vs. Replicating Up
More and more people are involved in replication research. This is a good thing.Why conduct replication experiments? A major motivation for recent replication attempts appears to have been because there are serious doubts about certain findings. On that view, unsuccessful replications serve to reduce the initially observed effect size into oblivion. I call this replicating down. Meta-analytically speaking, the aggregate effect size becomes smaller with each replication attempt and confidence in […]

April 01, 2014

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1:42 PM | New Evidence for Neanderthal Language Announced (on April 1st…)
In keeping with Sean’s previous Evolang Preview some Neanderthal&language evolution-related news: As Andrew Lamont writes on the official LINGUIST List Blog: The controversy over whether Neanderthals possessed a capacity for language may have been resolved. After years of speculation by evolutionary anthropologists and geneticists, a group of linguists has announced today that they have uncovered written evidence […]

March 25, 2014

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9:27 PM | Sentences and Events
Does a martial-arts action strike you as a well-executed ballet or a confusing oleo of hands and feet? The current thesis favored on this blog is that language is a system for directing one another's attention so that we can...
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6:16 PM | EvoLang Preview: Detecting differences between the languages of humans and Neandertals
This year’s EvoLang is busy – around 100 talks in 4 parallel sessions and 40 posters.  Replicated Typo is hosting a series of EvoLang previews to help people decide on what to go and see.  If you’d like to post a preview of your own presentation, please get in touch with sean.roberts@mpi.nl. Roberts, Dediu & […]
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