Editors’ Choice: Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

Anything you write or say has two parts to it – what you say and how you say it. Computers can now pay attention to how we express ourselves. A computer scientist says software can use that information to figure out something about the way our brains process language, which could lead to an even deeper knowledge, as we’re about to learn from NPR’s social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Schneider based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Neal Adolph Akatsuka, Cinzia Pusceddu-Gangarosa, Greta Suiter, Anu Paul, Ignatius Rautenbach, Sebastian De Vivo, Patrick Wingrove, Kwinn H Doran, Maria Akritidou, Amy Williams, and Carl Cornell