October 10, 2014

7:02 AM | Language as a multimodal phenomenon
The issue of multimodality has become a widely discussed topic in several branches of linguistics and especially in research on the evolution of language. Now, a special issue of the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B” has been dedicated to “Language as a multimodal phenomenon”. The issue, edited by Gabriella Vigliocco, Pamela Perniss, and […]

September 23, 2014

3:35 PM | Spurious correlations at Occham’s Beard festival
Mark Dingemanse and I will be appearing the Discovery Festival in Amsterdam on Friday.  We’ll be talking about spurious correlations in language and culture as part of the Occam’s Beard symposium. The idea is to take some real data, then throw away Occam’s razor and go after the most complicated explanation possible. I foresee no […]
9:39 AM | The Direction of Cultural Evolution, Macroanalysis at 3 Quarks Daily
As soon as I finished up my series of posts about Matt Jockers, Macroanalysis: Digital Methods & Literary History, I set up a file on my Mac for further thoughts, knowing full well I’d keep thinking about the book. I’ve now posted the first of those continuing thoughts at 3 Quarks Daily: Macroanalysis and the […]
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