Dan Jurafsky - The Language of Food
Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist.
Dan Jurafsky is a Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University. His studies concern natural language processing, speech processing, dialogue, Chinese, and the applications of computational linguistics to the behavioral and social sciences. He is the former recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, an honor colloquially known as a "Genius Grant."
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