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LINGUISTS TRACKING SLANG THROUGH TWITTER


Linguists Tracking Slang through Twitter

Before the advent of social networkslinguists had difficulty obtaining reliable data to study and track the spread of language. Now, researchers are taking advantage of the social media site Twitter to study the evolution of language over time and the spread of slangphrases and even emoticons.. Researchers at multiple US universities are currently collaborating on a study that will examine 40 million messages from approximately 400,000 individuals from specific locations to see how geographic areas influence each other’s use of language. More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: Giacomo Leopardi (1798)


Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works?