What makes a memorable movie quote memorable?
A news summary of how they went about it
A short audio version
(via NPR) of the story and research summary.
A Wikipedia list: AFI's 100 years, 100 quotes
A short list of advertising slogans
that fit the research model for movie quote memorability.
The research paper
(automatic PDF download). [more inside]
"When legal teams need to prove or disprove the authorship of key texts, they call in the forensic linguists. Scholars in the field have tackled the disputed origins of some prestigious works, from Shakespearean sonnets to the Federalist Papers."
Decoding Your E-Mail Personality
Ben Zimmer, of Language Log discusses the Facebook case and forensic linguistics
in the NY Times. [more inside]
Theory of Humor.
A scientific paper, written by Tom Veatch
, describes his Theory of Humor
. When is something funny
? When is it not funny
? When does it cross the line
? Why are puns generally shitty
? And the mysterious and magical powers elephant jokes have on children, revealed
A great data set to use for practice in applying the theories presented in the paper can be found here