Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Behold! The Tweet King!

Has Twitter made us all better computational linguists? Their 140 character limit forces us all to think in terms of characters (including whitespaces) rather than the slippery notion of words. Betcha tweetheads understand the concept of offset better than the average 1st year linguist.

2 comments:

Licia said...

...and what about texting? In Europe we all got familiar with its 160 character limitation years ago, well before Twitter ;-)

Chris said...

Absolutely. China and Japan are even further ahead (Japan has actual texted novels!).

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