Archive for Linguistics in the comics

Artificial emotions again

A couple of days ago, Dilbert highlighted a problem with robot emotions, beyond the issue that Zach Wienersmith raised a few weeks ago:

The external evidence of "cognition" is sometimes obscure and ambiguous, but the Turing Test approach is especially problematic in evaluating "emotion".

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Linguistic pranks

Today's xkcd, headlined "Intervocalic Fortition":

Mouseover title: "These pranks happen all the time. English doesn't allow one-syllable words to end in a lax vowel, so writers on The Simpsons decided to mess with future linguists by introducing the word 'meh.'"

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Code critique poetry

Today's xkcd:

Mouseover title: "It's like you tried to define a formal grammar based on fragments of a raw database dump from the QuickBooks file of a company that's about to collapse in an accounting scandal."

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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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Tudors

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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Handcrafted

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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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I'unno

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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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