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The Global Language Monitor

Austin, Texas-based, Global Language Monitor (GLM) documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English. GLM is based in Austin, Texas. GLM is incorporated as an LLC. GLM has deep academic and internet roots. GLM’s predecessor site, yourDictionary.com is the direct descendent of Dr. Robert Beard’s Web of Online Dictionary at Bucknell University, founded in 1994.

Scholars around the world incorporate GLM’s findings into their research and publications.  Click here to see a representative sampling.

In 1999, Paul JJ Payack, joined Dr. Beard and reorganized Web of Online Dictionaries into yourDictionary.com, where Payack was the founding president. YDC assembled the industry’s premier advisory council of experts. In 2003 Payack, created the Global Language Monitor to carry on the media analysis functions began at YDC. (For example, YDC was the first dictionary to publish its annual Word of the Year WOTY ™ lists.) Dr. Beard continues as president of AlphaDictionary.

Media Alert:  For Frequently Asked Questions GLM, Paul JJ Payack, or the Million Word March, go here.

GLM’s proprietary software is key to its leadership position as the top global media analytics organization for the world wide web. GLM has been cited hundreds of by the leading print and electronic media the world over. In fact, the worldwide print and electronic media have come to rely on The Global Language Monitor for its expert analysis on language trends and their subsequent impact on politics, culture and business, including the PQ Index/Indicator, analysis of media coverage of major, worldwide events, the rise of Global English and its march to its 1,000,000th word, the Chinglish Phemomenon, Global yoofSpeak, and many others.

For Contact Information, click here.

Worldwide Media

The GLM has been cited by CNN, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, United Press International, Knight-Ridder, USAToday, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Charlotte Observer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Jose Mercury, New York Post, NPR, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, CBS, ChinaNews, The National Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The BBC, the Australian Braodcasting Company, The Canadian Broadcasting Company, The Cape Town Argus, El Pais (Madrid), The Daily Mail (Scotland), The Hindustan Times, The Gulf News (Qatar), and various electronic and print media on six continents. The GLM is supported by a worldwide assemblage of linguists, professional wordsmiths, and bibliophiles to help monitor the latest trends in the evolution (and demise) of language, word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture. For more information, call 1.925.367.7557 or send e-mail to Info@LanguageMonitor.com.

Paul JJ Payack, The WordMan

Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of the Global Language Monitor is also a founder and former president of yourDictionary.com. Together these two language sites attract some millions of page views a month. Payack taught scientific and technological communications and other forms of expository writing at the University of Massachusetts, and has lectured at the University of Texas, Babson College, and many others including the Federal Reserve Bank, GM/Hughes Aircraft, and the like. (In a previous and parallel life, Payack was a senior executive at three Fortune 500 companies, including Unisys, Dun & Bradstreet, and StorageTek, as well as numerous Silicon Valley startups and re-starts.)

Contact Payack directly:  pauljjpayack@gmail.com

As a word analyst, Payack provides analysis, analytics, and narrative tracking on the global media, words and the impact of language on various aspects of culture, including: the impact of the South Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the death of Pope John Paul II on the global media; Bushisms; the number of words in the English Language; the Rise of Political Correctness; the myth of the 24-hour newscycle; the top technological terms every uses but no one quite understands; the lastest in global youthspeak, and the like.

Payack first announced the Top Words of the Year, WOTY(tm) back in 2000. The history of the Top Words of the Year from 2000 to present can he found here.

The Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI)

The Global Language Monitor’s proprietary algorithm, the Predictive Quantities Indicator tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the global print and electronic media, on the Internet, throughout the Blogosphere, social media, as well as accessing proprietary databases (Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, etc.).

The PQI was created by Paul JJ Payack, Rico Blaser (our Quant), and Peter Payack, poet laureate of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Once a keyword base index is created (including selected keywords, phrases, ‘excluders’ and ‘penumbra’ words), ‘timestamps’ and a ‘media universe’ are determined.

The PQI is a weighted Index, factoring in: Long-term trends, Short-term changes, Momentum, and Velocity.   As such it can create ‘signals’ that can be used in a variety of applications.

Outputs include: the raw PQI, a Directional Signal, or a Relative Ranking with 100 as the base.

There are two differing PQIs. When analyzing words and phrases in political contexts, GLM uses the Political-sensitivity Quotient Index; when analyzing words and phrases in any other context, GLM uses a slightly different Predictive Quantities Indicator.

The New York Times: The Power of Words features the Global Language Monitor and the PQ Indicator
Sunday, January 29, 2006

Click here.


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