Monthly Archives: February 2012

iLanguage Intents, coming soon to an Android near you…

The Lab is brewing up some open iLanguage Intents for Android developers to call GATE Natural Language Processing pipelines using the Semantic Assistants Architecture. We are working on both eLanguage (English, French, Inuktitut, etc) and iLanguage (fieldlinguistics, machine learning) intents. Curious what intents are? Check out the list of currently known Open Intents curated by

A diagram showing how Intents achieve a loosely decoupled, modular and open environment.

If you’re an Android developer and you want to join our Beta testing drop us a line:

The stuff people say

iLanguage is all around us.  Each of us, has a unique background and we use language in unique settings that determines how we speak. This is exemplified in the latest internet meme* referred to under the technical term: “Shit _____ say”

*A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. [Wikipedia]

In these memes, we see phrases associated with specific groups of people.  The obvious candidates show up such as gender, ethnicity, and location.  However, perhaps more revealing is how specific some of these memes are.   There is pretty much one for every subculture, gamers, hipsters, yogis, republicans, atheists etc.

In addition, people take into account the context, by making memes about what people say to specific groups of people, such as twins, tall girls, and pharmacists.  Not only who we are influences how we speak, but who we are speaking to or what we are speaking about. This showcases the role of context in any Natural Language Processing task. Maybe your reaction to these videos is something like this.

What are some phrases, expressions or idioms that are unique to you? What would be included in your “Shit I say” meme?