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Sex, lies, and childishness; and insomnia
Trump interrupted Clinton exactly three times as often as she interrupted him.
Trump’s debate denials
Many of Trump’s interruptions of Clinton (or shall we say his “manterruptions”) involved on-the-fly denials of what Clinton was saying.
The sound of 2066
A report commissioned by a bank on how we will be speaking fifty years from now has attracted a lot of interest. Inevitably sections of the press focused on the suggestion that the th sound will disappear from the English spoken in London as a result of immigration. You can read some of the commentary here, here and here.
Words, books, technology and language
Google’s New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
In a competition that pitted the new software against human translators, it came close to matching the fluency of humans for some languages.
What Do You Start with in a Third Language? L3 Acquisition
What knowledge do you start off with when you learn a third (or fourth, or fifth…) language?