Archive for Linguistics in the comics

Realistic limitations

Today's Dumbing of Age features Amber performing a daring physical feat in order to help her friend Walky:

The mouseover title is "let's set realistic limitations for ourselves", and in the last panel, Amber remarks about what she's doing that "It's rough, sure, but it's not impossible, like calling anyone on the phone".

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (56)

Beyond the dreams of eagles

I'm about to head to Poland for Speech Prosody 2018, and then to Helsinki for a CHIST-ERA committee meeting, so today's SMBC is especially meaningful to me:

Comments (6)


This strip was recently reposted (colorized) in Danielle Corsetto's webcomic Girls With Slingshots:

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (12)

AI Cyrano

Comments (2)

The Clickbayes Factor

Among many other applications, this hypothesis (from the most recent xkcd) may finally offer a quantitative explanation for the generally poor quality of language-related articles in Science and Nature:

Mouseover title: "When comparing hypotheses with Bayesian methods, the similar 'clickbayes factor' can account for some harder-to-quantify priors."

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (2)

So true

Recently in PHD Comics:

My schedule is merely crowded over the next week or so, rather than insane, so I hope to be able to post a little more often.

Comments (9)


The "Frequency Illusion", introduced here in 2005, has made the big time in today's SMBC:

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (33)

Interface labels

Comments (24)

Rain: stochastic processes and dummy pronouns

Today's xkcd:

Mouseover title: "Hi, I'm your new meteorologist and a former software developer. Hey, when we say 12pm, does that mean the hour from 12pm to 1pm, or the hour centered on 12pm? Or is it a snapshot at 12:00 exactly? Because our 24-hour forecast has midnight at both ends, and I'm worried we have an off-by-one error."

I'll leave it to readers to compose the corresponding jokes for economists, physicists, anthropologists, literary theorists, stand-up comedians, and so on.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (46)

Learn and live

Non Sequitur for 4/25/2018:

Exercise for readers: Is the order "Live and Learn" motivated by meaning or sound?

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (10)

Year Hare Affair

That's the abbreviated title of a popular webcomic by Lin Chao 林超.  The full title in Chinese is Nà nián nà tù nàxiē shì 那年那兔那些事 (lit., "that year that rabbit those affairs"; i.e., "The story of that rabbit that happened in that year")

From the beginning of the Wikipedia article:

The comic uses animals as an allegory for nations and sovereign states to represent political and military events in history. The goal of this project was to promote nationalistic pride in young people, and focuses on appreciation for China's various achievements since the beginning of the 20th century.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (6)

Syntactic analysis and folding fitted sheets

Comments (35)

Usefully strong language

Today's Random Crab:

Comments (2)