When students begin their study of human communication the construction of language is a crucial part of understanding this incredibly complex system of syntax, semantics, symbols, phonology, and pragmatics. This story from NPR highlights how much we humans take our language for granted. Imagine creating a computer to challenge humans at trivia contests. Now you have the contests that will air this week on Jeopardy! between Watson and Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
Click the link below to listen to NPR’s report on how human language was a challenge for computer programmers at IBM.