Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.


Language & Linguistics

Veatch 1991, English Vowels

A U Penn dissertation in Linguistics comprising acoustic physics, articulatory phonetics, surface phonology, dialectology, and historical linguistics, all regarding that most understood niche in knowledge of that most interesting species, us

Translation Graphs

A project for representing media and documents along with their translations.

Bliss Theory: Human Evolution

Logic constrains biology, biology constrains us, and yet we think and speak and feel. How did we get here, then, and what parts came in what order? This was a lot of fun to write.

Real Time Scrolling Spectrograph

Watching a time-frequency analysis unroll on the screen as you speak, whistle, or sing, is perhaps the coolest thing in all of speech science. I used one of these in grad school, so I wrote one when I had the chance. So amazing, so much fun! Speak slowly. Whistle! Do a scale. Say "why" slowly and watch your vowels evolve. Compare "you" and "yow". Compare high and low pitch. Go play!

PC?

It's not PC but cursing is a sign of intimacy with the listener.

Watch your pronouns

Grumpy Tom says Mind your We's and They's

The Linguistic Pragmatics of "Black Lives Matter"

A little linguistics goes a long way, getting us all on the same page.

Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy

Resources in Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy

Trolling

If you don't know who the turkey is, it's you. A new kind of speech act, trolling, is seen to have a rich and peculiar structure, analysed here using five imputed participants including as follows: true speaker (the troll), acting speaker, true audience, straight audience, and shocked/reactive (trolled) audience. This collaboration elaborates the intentions and moral views of each, and the social consequences.

A More General Theory of the Syllogism

Abstracting logic. Aristotle's list of syllogisms missed half of them; there's nothing to them (H!); and we can do better without.

Still it is pretty fun and cool, considering this was the intellectual pinnacle of humanity for 2000 years, and plus I'd say this is not a bad introduction to "term logic", and might be suggested reading for students of computer science, philosophy, classics, and/or math.


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