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Use of emotion words in books indicates trends in history and culture

March 20, 2013 by


Researchers from Tipping Points have for the first time tracked how words in British and American English books published in the 20th century correspond with historical and cultural trends. They categorised the words according to moods such as sadness, disgust, joy, fear and surprise. English language is well-known for its ‘mood words’. Anyone who reads […]

The Tipping Point of the ‘Tipping Point’ Metaphor

May 11, 2011 by


Dr Pojanath Bhatanacharoen presented an incredibly interesting paper at a conference hosted by the University of Hull in the UK, ‘Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities’.  Her research along with the rest of the WP4 team including Prof David Greatbatch, Prof Tim Clark and Dr Alex Bentley, analyse the use of the tipping point metaphor through […]

Tipping Points Papers

Researchers in Tipping Points have already published a number of papers relevant to the project.  Some of these will be explored on this blog to provide a deeper perspective of what ‘tipping points’ are all about, while hopefully provoking some interesting questions and discussion on the web or elsewhere. Tipping Points Publications: Be sure […]

‘Tipping point’ usage over the years

January 18, 2011 by


Google is very useful for finding out how often terms are used and in what context.  As you can see from the chart above, a basic search for ‘tipping point’ reveals a large spike in usage after 1960.  This likely indicates when tipping point was first used in sociology.  In 2000 it went up again, […]


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