linguistics

Browsing Black History

How Black Queers Made 'Sis' a Gender Neutral Term of Endearment

"Sis" is an evolved expression, rooted in the Christian church and revolutionized by queer Black people—and it's not a term everyone can or should use.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.13.19
OpSec

Forensic Linguist Says 'Lodestar' Can't Tell Us Who Burned Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Guessing the anonymous author of the Trump op-ed in The New York Times based on the use of the word ‘lodestar’ is “entirely useless,” according to a forensic linguist.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.18
linguistics

Why Linguists Watched the Same Season of 'Big Brother' for 6 Years

Sometimes you gotta suffer for science.
Claire Downs
9.6.17
Broadly

How Urban Dictionary Became a Cesspool for Racists and Misogynists

The popular, crowd-sourced lexicon was supposed to be the people's resource. The people are awful.
Kimberly Lawson
5.31.17
Talk This Way

Website That Simulates How Speech Works in Your Mouth Is So Weird and Cool

AaaaoooOOOhhhaaaaoOO!
Samantha Cole
3.20.17
Internet

The Power of 'Petty': How One Small Word Came to Represent Black Resistance

From Kobe Bryant to Beyoncé to Kermit the Frog, pettiness has pervaded meme culture of the past year.
Christina Drill
2.2.17
Internet

Experience Enron's Everyday Evil with a 500,000+ Email Experiment

One of the most notorious corporate scandals in American history comes to your inbox in Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne's project, 'The Good Life.'
Azura Wannmann
1.4.17
ALIENS

An Astrolinguist Explains How to Talk to Aliens

The president of METI International weighs in on the science and fiction of ‘Arrival.’
Daniel Oberhaus
11.20.16
language

A Dialect Coach Attempts to Unpack What's Going on with Lindsay Lohan's Voice

"For her to forget how to make an 'a' sound is like, Lindsay..."
Steven Blum
11.3.16
Film

Werner Herzog On Science, Language, Mars, and His Fever Dreams

A chat with the unstoppable filmmaker on Radio Motherboard.
ALEX PASTERNACK
10.28.16
Film

'Arrival' Is Sci-Fi at Its Smartest and Weirdest

Denis Villeneuve's much-anticipated film, now making the festival rounds, is big on capital "I" ideas and doesn't need show-offy effects to grab you.
Brandon Harris
9.14.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Dogs Can Actually Understand What You're Saying to Them, Study Says

You aren't tricking your dog when you talk about the vet in an excitable tone.
VICE Staff
8.30.16
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