Archive for the ‘Language’ category

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation to be published in May

March 19th, 2014

From The Guardian today: “Hwæt! Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author’s version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father ‘enter[ing] into the imagined past’ of the heroes.”

Read the rest of the article at theguardian.com and more information at the custom website for the publication: http://www.tolkienbeowulf.com

Facebook Graph Search with Cypher and Neo4j | Max De Marzi

January 31st, 2013

Facebook Graph Search has given the Graph Database community a simpler way to explain what it is we do and why it matters. I wanted to drive the point home by building a proof of concept of how you could do this with Neo4j. However, I don’t have six months or much experience with NLP (natural language processing). What I do have is Cypher. Cypher is Neo4j’s graph language and it makes it easy to express what we are looking for in the graph. I needed a way to take “natural language” and create Cypher from it. This was going to be a problem.

via Facebook Graph Search with Cypher and Neo4j | Max De Marzi.

The article is an interesting introduction to treetop (a “language for describing languages” used in Semr, a “framework to [support] natural language processing”) and how Mr. De Marzi uses it to create a simple Facebook Graph-like search using Neo4j. Very slick.

UiO linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language

January 24th, 2013

English really isn’t a Germanic language after all, but Scandinavian. Just because it’s easy for Swedes to learn English? Go figure.

Faarlund and his colleague Joseph Emmonds, visiting professor from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, now believe they can prove that English is in reality a Scandinavian language, in other words it belongs to the Northern Germanic language group, just like Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. This is totally new and breaks with what other language researchers and the rest of the world believe, namely that English descends directly from Old English. Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is a West Germanic language, which the Angles and Saxons brought with them from Northern Germany and Southern Jylland when they settled in the British Isles in the fifth century.

via UiO linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language – English (in turn via English is a Scandinavian Language).

And please don’t interchange “Old English” and “Anglo-Saxon.” That’s so 1960s.