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How did our linguistic ancestors talk? Listen in

Did the lost common language Proto-Indo-European sound like this? Listen to a linguist's reconstructed fables about sheep, horses, and a king.

By September 30, 2013


Texting makes you a linguistic Soup Nazi, study says

A study suggests that those who text more are less accepting of new words and more rigid about existing ones. It is unclear whether these new words include LOL and LMAO

By February 22, 2012


Gene Simmons and his cunning linguistics

The KISS musician, actor, and businessman drops by BOL to talk about his latest venture--a product that instantly translates what you type into another language. He calls it a "magic wand." He's kind of right.

By December 8, 2011


Microsoft taps linguist in 'App Store' trademark spat

Microsoft has once again moved to get Apple's trademark for "App Store" thrown out, this time tapping a linguistic expert to take aim at Apple's arguments.

By March 29, 2011


Lemelson-MIT prize goes to man of many talents

Award winner Erez Lieberman-Aiden has developed breakthroughs in such areas as genetics, sensor technology, applied mathematics, and even evolutionary linguistics.

By March 3, 2010


Can texting reveal who committed crimes?

Researchers study mobile-phone texting styles to show links between text linguistics and user IDs.

August 11, 2006


Word, XP to carry translation feature

Brussels, Belgium-based linguistics company Mendez said Thursday that real-time, Web-based translation will be included in Microsoft Word 2002 and Office XP products. Mendez iTranslator will convert up to 5,000 words per minute and 84 million words per day into 16 languages into basic, "gist-level" sentences. Many who use automated translation complain that the software is buggy and unsuited to colloquialisms, informal shorthand and slang. To compensate, Mendez guarantees "100 percent accuracy" on documents submitted for an immediate online price quote with human translation. About half of all Web users are not native English speakers, according to Global Reach, and only one out of every three Web users will be in the United States by 2003.

May 31, 2001


Short Take: MS licenses linguistic technologies from Novell

Microsoft licensed Novell's linguistic technologies for use in Microsoft products, according to a Reuters report. Novell described it as a "multimillion-dollar" financial agreement. Microsoft has acquired the rights to Novell's Collexion Grammar Checker and Collexion Morphology, which breaks words down into root forms and facilitates searches and grammar checking.

By March 19, 1997