Monthly Archives: November 2010

The joys of analytic philosophy: A paradox

No comment really required, except that I found this amusing. Advertisements

Posted in miscellany | Leave a comment

Friday Music: Thisbe’s Choice

In honor of my daughter’s first birthday,  I’m posting one of Thisbe‘s favorite performers, Aretha Franklin.  This is a nice performance of Rock Steady (from Soul Train, circa 1971): The whole time Jennifer was pregnant, we had a running joke that … Continue reading

Posted in music | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Talk

Game theorists spend a lot of time thinking about signaling in situations where there is asymmetric information.  These are cases where one player knows more than another player; the first player may want to signal something (for strategic advantage) or … Continue reading

Posted in game theory, linguistic meaning | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Entrenchment: “Befriend” vs. “friend”

In “Old words, new meanings,” I talked a little about how words can come to occupy semantic niches; really, this is just the question of how words can come to express the meanings that they express.  The idea is that … Continue reading

Posted in linguistic meaning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Stephen Fry on language

A nice oration by Stephen Fry, illuminated with kinetic typography.

Posted in miscellany | 1 Comment

Old words, new meanings

In 2009, the Oxford English Dictionary made “unfriend” the word of the year.    The word is so new, in fact, that my electronic dictionary doesn’t have it.  The entry it gives for “unfriended” is: without friends : murder left … Continue reading

Posted in linguistic meaning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments