The Birth of a Word

MIT researcher, Deb Roy, is doing some exciting linguistic research worth sharing.

In this TED Talk, Dr. Roy shows how (1) how language acquisition occurs across space and time and (2) how public discourse is structured across space and time as well. This work has incredible implications for next-gen methods in mapping out public conversations (or “the swamp of public discourse,” as we call it here at FW).

Enjoy the talk and make sure to watch the touching moment of Roy’s son at the end!



2 thoughts on “The Birth of a Word

  1. I really don’t see what is revolutionary about his conclusions. It is common knowledge that people restructure and simplify their language when helping infants learn new words. Lots of pretty graphs made using one of MIT’s supercomputers but I have to say; so what?


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