Category Archives: English

Discourse-Driven Pitch Accent Prediction

Abstract Pitch accent is a component of prosody that is often used to convey in- formation beyond the intrinsic linguistic meaning of a spoken utterance, such as highlighting words that correspond to important information, or in signaling a contrast with information that was previously conveyed. This information-bearing aspect of pitch accent is therefore important for […]

A Talking Elevator

Abstract As technology becomes more ubiquitous in our world, so the desire to provide more natural, intuitive interactions between man and machine mounts. Yet often, the intermediary between man and machine is an artificial mapping from key interfaces to procedural commands, a legacy of earlier attempts at automation. These mappings, such as the buttons in […]

On Clothes

The language of clothes, while perhaps rarely acknowledged as such by the average citizen, has nevertheless been distinctively present in American culture, from teen rape cases where the girl is accused of “wanting” it because she wore a short, tight skirt, to the self-help books that offer twelve steps to dress for success. Alison Lurie, […]

Admitting Revision: The Quest for Truth and Evidence

Holocaust revisionists should be allowed to present and argue their point of view in a classroom setting such as a junior college because true historical knowledge is the process of getting to the truth of the matter through verifiable evidence. There are many people, such Deborah Lipstadt, a historian in Holocaust studies, who would deny […]

The Clown

Through a hazy world of multicolor, white faces appear in our midst. Their painted expressions, laughing, crying to us, is entertainment and pleasure. Rouged lips of silly grins and teardrop eyes belie the person within. Escape to the wondrous circus and hide beneath the red, yellow, blue and purple lights of our imagination. But what […]