Google books in local weekly


This week’s issue of East Bay Express (a local alternative newspaper) features a piece on the controversies surrounding Google Books, mentioning none other than “linguist Geoff Nunberg.”

Like George Lakoff and John McWhorter, Nunberg is a member of that exotic and improbable specie — a celebrity linguist; he’s written numerous books and has a regular guest spot on NPR’s Fresh Air. At the conference, he pointed out, in amusing and devastating detail, yet another problem with Google’s Book archive: it’s riddled with mistakes.

Language Log readers will be familiar with commentary on this topic.

PS, much as it’s nice to get two other current/past Berkeley folk mentioned as celebs… Chomsky? Pinker? Henry Higgins?

2 Comments so far

  1. Polprav on October 23rd, 2009

    Hello from Russia! Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  2. Michal Boleslav Měchura on November 4th, 2009

    Totally off-topic, but I like the cute backformation of “specie”, as if a singular of “species”.