April 21, 2004

Get 'em while they're young

LanguageLog posts have occasionally commented on what gets taught or, more often, not taught about language and linguistics in the schools, e.g. here and here. And indeed it is a sad state of affairs.

Perhaps there's hope for statistical NLP, though: earlier this year I was surprised and pleased to receive e-mail from a local seventh grader, who was seeking some pointers for a science fair project that involved using ideas from information theory to predict the grade level of written text. I'm delighted to report that this student did a fine job, winning a variety of awards at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Science Fair, which is quite competitive. He sent me this great photo -- notice that Claude Shannon makes an appearance in the upper left hand corner!

Posted by Philip Resnik at April 21, 2004 04:16 PM