Topic : Online
Happy 5th Birthday, Twitter!
March 21, 2011
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first "tweet" on Twitter. Since then, the service has grown phenomenally, and has even been used for poetic and literary purposes. The New York Times Week in Review takes a look at the rise of "twitterature," with observations from Visual Thesaurus editor Ben Zimmer, here.
The Birth of a Word
March 14, 2011
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could capture every moment of a child's language development? Deb Roy, a researcher at MIT, managed to do just that with his infant son. After wiring his house with video cameras, he then analyzed "the world's largest home video collection" to show how a bit of babble became a word. See Roy's TED talk here.
Winning Grammar Haiku
March 7, 2011
Make a Grammar Haiku!
March 2, 2011
"Well formed haiku bring / National Grammar Day glory / tweet your best today." In advance of National Grammar Day on March 4th, editor Mark Allen is hosting a haiku-writing contest. Submit your grammar-related haiku by posting it to Twitter with the hashtag #GrammarDay. Deadline is 10 p.m. on March 3rd! Details here.
Useful sites for educators
Enriching Women's History Month with Vocabulary
February 28, 2011
If you are looking for some great documents to help your students learn more about Women's History, look no further. The National Archives' Teaching with Documents is a great resource for Women's History Month. Choose a document and have students use VocabGrabber to help them interpret challenging vocabulary. "Failure is Impossible" is a short skit written in honor of the women's suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment; here is a vocabulary list for the skit created with VocabGrabber.
Last week, a study was published tracking word frequencies on the blogosphere, and researchers found that certain words can have earthquake-like effects. The researchers, from the Medical University of Vienna, examined 168 political blogs in the United States and monitored spikes in word frequency. They discovered that some events can trigger influential "reverberations." Continue reading...
A Monthly Column for Word Lovers
February 1, 2011By Orin Hargraves
This month in the Lounge, we take a look at the much buzzed-about "culturomics" paper in the journal Science and the related "Ngram viewer" rolled about Google to track the history of language and culture. What does the trendy "culturomic" approach to data-crunching have to offer those harmless drudges, the lexicographers? Continue reading...