Language

Who is Robert Galbraith?

It is presumable that some of you already know the answer to the above question. But first let me explain, at least for the ignorant among you, why this Robert Galbraith is a problematic person. On April 18th, 2013 a crime novel called ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ was published by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group in London. As stated on…

RSVP: What the Dickens!

In Charles Dicken’s Bleak House, a major theme of the book is reading and the inability to read – who can and who cannot read. One of those who is illiterate is Jo, a desperately poor boy who sweeps streets, and is continually being ‘moved along’ by others. As a English Literature lecturer vividly portrayed, when Jo aimlessly wanders around nineteenth century…

Don’t tell me, GIF me!

The language of digital communication is changing over time, especially in this last decade, in which many “accessories” have been created so as to make digital spaces even more interesting. Through digital media, people can discover something new every day, something that costantly attracts their attention and that they can use with the possibility to express, or better ‘represent’, their own feelings,…

Stylometry and Gender

Communication between men and women can sometimes be a little… difficult. And that’s understandable. In conversations, both genders tend to use different nonverbal cues when communicating [1]. Men smile less and use fewer facial expressions than women. In conversation, women use paralanguage (all linguistic elements not being words, for example sounds like ‘mhm’ or ‘oh’) more frequently than men. Its purpose is…