"High-energy linguistics"?

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Today's xkcd:

Mouseover title — "Massage: Theoretical (10), Quantum (6), High-energy (2), Computational (1), Marine (1), Astro- (None)"

To which we can add — "Linguistics: Theoretical (64,300), Quantum (148), High-energy (None), Computational (876,000), Marine (3), Astro- (10)"

A free year's subscription to Language Log if you can design a plausible project in "High-energy linguistics"…


  1. Y said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 2:52 pm

    All right, all right. No need to yell.

  2. DBMG said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 3:01 pm

    Particle collisions in first-year Japanese.

  3. Daphne Preston-Kendal said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 3:16 pm

    What is the correlation between rate of speech and number of energy drinks consumed?

    [(myl) See Bard, Ellen Gurman, Catherine Sotillo, Anne H. Anderson, Henry S. Thompson, and Martin M. Taylor. "The DCIEM Map Task Corpus: Spontaneous dialogue under sleep deprivation and drug treatment." Speech Communication 20, no. 1-2 (1996): 71-84:

    This paper describes a resource for the study of spontaneous speech under stress, a corpus of 216 unscripted task-oriented dialogues conducted by normal Canadian adults in the course of a sleep deprivation experiment under 3 drug conditions. Speakers carried out the route-communication task (see [1]) in alternation with a battery of other tasks over a 6-day study which included a 60-hour sleepless period. Each speaker participated in 12 dialogues. The design permits comparisons within speakers for sleep deprivation (baseline, deprived, post-recovery), and between speakers for drug condition (placebo, d-amphetamine, Modafinil) and number of conversational partners encountered (1, 2). Preliminary examination of dialogue length, task performance, and aspects of dialogue strategy indicate effects of all these variables. Effects of sleep-deprivation and drug condition are less severe than those found in simpler tasks [7].

    I've looked over this data for speech effects of dexedrine vs. modafinil vs. placebo, including speaking rate, pitch range, etc. I didn't find much, though part of the problem is that the order of tasks and the drug conditions are not orthogonally varied. Still, if the effects of dexedrine in the context of 60 hours without sleep are as subtle as this suggests, I'm guessing that mere energy drinks are not going have a big impact.]

  4. Rick Rubenstein said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 3:25 pm

    @DBMG Win!

  5. Thomas Lee Hutcheson said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 4:17 pm

    One would need to do a Chi Square test to see which are statistically under represented. :)

  6. Jon W said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 4:59 pm

    Consequences of cancer therapy involving high doses of ionizing radiation include low modal speaking pitch, reduced phonic breath support, and more. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2745635/

  7. Matt McIrvin said,

    August 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

    Anyone writing about "quantum psychology" or "quantum theology" is probably trouble.

  8. Peter Taylor said,

    August 10, 2022 @ 4:52 am

    @Matt McIrvin, the first page of results includes one familiar name.

  9. Nick said,

    August 10, 2022 @ 5:18 am

    Some subfields:
    phonetics: Theoretical (562), Quantum (1), High-energy (0), Computational (191), Marine (0), Astro- (0)

    pragmatics: Theoretical (625), Quantum (9), High-energy (0), Computational (734), Marine (0), Astro- (0)

    semantics: Theoretical (5,310), Quantum (295), High-energy (0), Computational (17,100), Marine (3), Astro- (2)

    syntax: Theoretical (2,420), Quantum (15), High-energy (0), Computational (564), Marine (2), Astro- (0)

    logic: Theoretical (14,800), Quantum (47,200), High-energy (3), Computational (36,900), Marine (15), Astro- (1,460)

    philosophy: Theoretical (19,500), Quantum (2,150), High-energy (6), Computational (2,390), Marine (46), Astro- (12)

    Time to work up a research proposal on high-energy marine pragmatics…

  10. Emily said,

    August 10, 2022 @ 11:10 pm

    Does marine particle physics involve the Higgs Bos'n?

    I would assume that marine semantics involves dolphin and whale communication, but two of the three Google Scholar results are about urban architecture and "art lighting with use of innovative technologies and marine semantics." Very interdisciplinary…

  11. Dan Riley said,

    August 11, 2022 @ 1:40 pm

    Optimal vocabularies for neutrino carrier submarine communications

  12. Y said,

    August 11, 2022 @ 1:47 pm

    Hat off and a bow, Dan Riley.

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