Archive for Linguistics in the comics

Do humans actually understand speech?

Or are they just programmed to act like they do? Today's SMBC asks (and answers) the analogous question about emotions:

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Today's Pearls Before Swine explores the consequences of flapping and voicing in American English:

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Standards of evidence

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Phonology in the comics

Today's Frazz deals with the phenomenon of flapping/voicing in American English:

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"I think __"

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Trump® brand insults

The first two panels of today's Doonesbury:

Previous coverage of this issue: "The Trump Insult Haiku", 2/29/2016; "Trump reviews", 3/17/2016.

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Sentence meaning and speaker meaning

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An impressive moustache

Alon Lichinsky sent in a link to this P.C. Hipsta comic:

And a reminder of another attachment ambiguity joke:

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Semantic differential: Podium or lectern?

Today's xkcd illustrates a technique pioneered by Bill Labov:

Mouseover title: "BREAKING: Senator's bold pro-podium stand leads to primary challenge from prescriptivist base."

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Good question

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Theory of Mind

In yesterday's Questionable Content, the "combat AI" Bubbles rejects the gift of a collapsible cardigan. The first couple of panels:

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