linguistics

January 3, 2016
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What Is Lemmatization?

While people with linguistic background might be familiar with the term “Lemmatization” or “Lemmatize“, for the rest of us, it is not one of the most common terms we use in our every day life. What is Lemmatization?  Lemmatization is closely related to stemming. In linguistics, it is the process of grouping together […]
October 4, 2015
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How To Write Like A Pro

I am not sure about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with writing. I love it when fresh ideas pop into my head and I get all hyped up to write. On the other hand, when writer’s block gets to me, I hate writing. Made to address the problem of writer’s block, […]
September 10, 2015
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How Many Words Does the Average Person Know?

There is a common notion that the average English-speaking adult knows between 20,000 and 30,000 words. Recently, a research was published about an analysis of 10 years worth of Wall Street Journal newspapers. It reported that after removing duplicates and names, less than 20,000 unique words were used. I have a huge interest in linguistics, […]
June 4, 2015
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One of the longest words in English language.

Yes, this is not a typo. It is an actual word. The pronunciation goes like /flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-key-shuh n/ (Quite a bit of tongue twisting required to say it right) According to dictionary.com, as a noun, it is defined as the estimation of something as valueless or an act or instance of judging something to be worthless […]
May 13, 2015
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Have you ever heard of “Lingua Franca”?

Have you ever heard of “Lingua Franca”? If so, are you familiar with its meaning? When I first came across that term in my English 202 class, I remembered I could barely read it. Iguana? France? What??? Lingua Franca, according to Oxford Dictionaries.com, is a “common language between speakers whose native languages […]
May 13, 2015
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What Is Typoglycemia?

Before we even start describing the concept of typoglycemia, take a look at this numerical puzzle, that makes hundreds of people online loose their minds: Source: http://www.storypick.com/number-puzzle-lose-your-mind/ Found it? Number 4 looks quite suspicious, isn’t it? Well, if you give a chance for your brain to focus on the actual task of […]