Monthly Archives: April 2011

What is iLanguage?

Welcome to the iLanguageLab Blog! The iLanguage Lab seeks to put Natural Language Processing and Field Linguistics into the pockets of consumers by building productivity tools and OpenSource NLP plugins which adapt to the user’s iLanguage.

Ahhhh, but, you ask, what is iLanguage? Well, the term is accredited to famous linguist Noam Chomsky in 1986 who proposed that we distinguish between I-language and E-language.  No…. it is not the difference between an iPad and an eBook!! To put it simply, iLanguage is your internal, individual language.  The representation of language in your head.  E-language on the other hand is external language,  the language that out there in the world… in the wild!

This distinction becomes very important when you add technology into the equation.  Technology handles e-language all the time.  However, technology often fails to adapt to I-Language.  It doesn’t really know what that word means to YOU.  To a computer, Voldemort is just another word.  However, to many of the wizards and witches at Hogwarts Voldemort is “He-who-must-not-be-named” or “You-know-who”.  While “you-know-who” may be your nosy aunt’s way of asking about your current significant other– “Hows it going with you know who?”

Here at iLanguageLab we try to bridge this gap.  Through this blog, we will keep you up to date with the company’s activities as well as provoke discussions about when technology gets iLanguage wrong (damn you autocorrect anyone?).  We hope that you will read along and enjoy our our little corner where fieldlinguistics and technology meet.