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The Evolution of Language
A weekly webcomic about evolutionary linguistics
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Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Activity status: Active
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Last update: 27th Jul 2014, 8:31 PM
Number of comics: 12
Number of subscribers: 3
Visitors: 18311 visitors (66584 pages viewed)
Rating: 4.67 (9 votes)


Most recent comments left on The Evolution of Language

27th Jul 2014
I always loved the term "The Great Vowel Shift".
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17th Jul 2014
This week simply a pun that always gets us linguists to chuckle a bit.
Left on Rebel without a Clause
T.D. Gripp
12th Jul 2014
"Have the same type of discussion."
In my Sunday school class. This bunch does not think the Bible is in King James English, but can't understand why some one would use a different word for somethings 800 years apart ......
Left on A Ban on Evolutionary Linguistics
11th Jul 2014
Every scientific field has its own mythology. The one of evolutionary linguistics is that the Société de Linguistique de Paris banned the topic of language evolution due to lack of evidence and an abundance of speculation instead of the use of rigorous scientific methods. But if you read the Society's notes, there is actually no reason given why the Society banned the topic. Given the socio-political context of the time (with various competing scientific societies), it seems that the ban was made for strategic rather than scientific reasons.

PS: Sorry for being away for so long! I devoted my time into the launch of an online tutorial on the open-source language technologies that we use for conducting agent-based models of language evolution.
Left on A Ban on Evolutionary Linguistics
29th May 2014
In 2011, Dr Marc Hauser - one of the big stars in our field - was found responsible for 8 instances of scientific misconduct in his lab, including falsifying data.

He now recently published an article with a number of high-profile co-authors in which he reviews the current state-of-the-art of evolutionary linguistics. The basic conclusion is: everything we've done so far is irrelevant for answering the question of the origins of language. The kind of thing that Chomsky would say (oh wait, he's also one of the co-authors).

I think everyone deserves a second chance, certainly an intelligent person as Marc Hauser. But instead of redeeming himself with solid experiments and empirical data, he chooses to criticize an entire field based on a complete misunderstanding of the research he and his co-authors attack (see for example this excellent review on Replicated Typo).
Left on The Mystery of Language Evolution