The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is alive and well, and being discussed on the TED.com blog. How does language shape how we see the world? TED.com scholars give several examples here about how the grammatical construction of a language facilitates different types of understanding about events in the world.
Languages Across Cultures Memphis (LAC Memphis) is a continuation of a previously NSF-Minerva funded project which examines how leaders and other actors in international relations use language. Our team has been selected to receive a $1.2m award from the Minerva Initiative for a project called “A Computational Assessment of Social Disequilibrium and Security Threats.” This project has three components: identifying language components associated with armed crises; identifying bluffs and credible threats; and examining the language associated with protests, riots, and rebellions.