Thanks everyone for coming to the Wine and Cheese 0.5! We had more than expected (counting by wine glasses, over 30). I had a ton of fun, it was great to see you again, some of who I haven’t seen in nearly 10 years! I know you were a diverse group but I’m really proud of you for all mingling and trying the games after the talks, even walking around collaborating with members of the other Set. My goal was to bring you back to the initial love you felt for your respective fields, remember the spark that got you started.
The games seemed hard, but not so hard when you realized the tools you needed were either in the experts in the room, or in the data itself…
The linguistic party games bottle-taking-home-winners:
The winner: Olivier
-Bonus points for identifying three extraneous words in his English Wordle
-Full credit for correctly identifying his spectrogram!!! We suspect he consulted with Nadya? If so she gets a bottle too next time I see her
-Full credit for asking a linguist to teach him (rather than giving him the answer) how to correctly identify the disambiguation point in “The pit bull attacked by the cat was annoyed” (after ‘by’ it is clear that attacked modifies pit bull, rather than pit bull is the subject of attack).
-Full credit for identifying Groovy as an agglutinative verb final language in the code example, although the example does not demonstrate Groovy as an agglutinative language this could be claimed to be true (ironically the only Groovy expert in the room, got a Groovy example…) Full credit would have also been given for saying Groovy is a Creole with the lexical items from Java and syntax from its substrates of Ruby/Python/Perl/Java speakers.
Gina’s pick for Creativity: Julien
-Full credit for guessing LaTeX is an isolating language, and that he had the code to draw a vowel chart.
-Full credit for correctly guessing the ‘unlockable’ tree for the reading “The door is locked and you have the key to open it, thus the door is unlockable.”
-Full credit for 5 min of researching and yet incorrectly concluding that Indonesian was Malay. For those that don’t know, Indonesian and Malay are arguably the same E-Language, proof that E-Language might be a useful socio-political concept but maybe not a linguistic/NLP concept. They have the same stop/functional words and the same morphemes, if he really needed to distinguish them he needed to look for Named Entities aka Proper Nouns.
-Partial credit for trying the spectrograms and using number of syllables as a heuristique to guess (it was a pretty good try for justifying his answer.. his spectrogram had around 14 syllables, his answer had 18)
Hisako’s pick for Creativity: Dr. Witte
-Full credit for guessing that Croatian was Slovakian (they are both slavic, and have the letter ž, although a quick CTL-f in Wikipedia for the suffix -ija might have helped rule out Slovakian)
-Full credit for reading the comments in his source code and guessing that Java was a creole language, although I kind of doubt that creole is the best way to describe it..
-Partial credit for excessive creativity for saying the exact wrong answer: Linguist examine various linguistic systems and develop a) prescriptive grammars. I think Hisako’s judgment has been warped by TA-ing too many LING courses…
Honorable mention: Dr. Hale
Honorable mention: Emmy (MdotEdot)
-Partial credit for insisting that her Finnish wordle wasn’t Finnish due to the rampant mentions of Newcastle, but realizing it was indeed Finnish due to the productive morphology on Newcastle, Newcastlessa, Newcastlen..
Honorable mention: Dr. Bergler
-I remember Hisako was very impressed but I think some of the cards got thrown away in the clean up so I can’t remember…
Honorable mention: Peter
-Hisako was also impressed with your answers but I can’t remember which one it was
Hisako and I didn’t have a chance to go around to everyone to give them their answers, but email me a picture of your game card and we will email you the answers for your card and explain anything you didn’t get or anything that isn’t from the domain of your Set (ie, linguistics for non-linguistics, code for non-programmers