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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Twitter Trending with TrueTrend

Author: Betsy Barry

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

FYI Body: Illocution Inc has released TrueTrend, twitter data trending derived
from our dynamic, linguistically-principled twitter corpus. TrueTrend is
unique in that 1) it is generated from a SRS of twitter data and
therefore the trends have a high degree of statistical validity and
reliability and 2) it demonstrates both emerging and declining trends on
a daily and weekly basis. We will update TrueTrend multiple times a
day so we can see what's on its way in and what's on its way out in
regular intervals. More fun with n-grams for the data enthusiast.

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Inc. Great data and great apps, free for download. Which is also great.

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