I write about linguistics for a general audience, especially about language on the internet.
Notable internet linguistics topics I’ve covered include:
- The grammar of doge and snek and doggo/pupper
- Whether emoji are language (spoiler: no)
- Whether emoji are causing the death of English (spoiler: NO)
- What kinds of letters people lengthennnn
- When you can and can’t even
- The srs bsns of disemvowellment
- The “because x” construction
- The constraints on synonyms for Benedict Cumberbatch
- Minimalist capitalization and punctuation on the internet
- That feeling when you use a subordinate clause
- Vintage internet slang
- What makes a good ship name
- A whole series on internet language for Mental Floss
- I spoke at SXSW 2016 on the linguistic secrets of billions of emoji
- I moderated a SXSW 2017 panel about Word Curation: Dictionaries, tech, and the future
I have a master’s in linguistics from McGill University. I’m interested in bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public: outreach I do includes media, #lingwiki Wikipedia editathons, and my blog All Things Linguistic. I also co-host Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics.
When I’m not linguist-ing, I like fancy hats, epic ice cream, and fiction that expands my horizons. Here are some notes on pronouncing and spelling my name.
Want to interview me, or have me write or consult for you? Feel free to get in touch! Do, however, please summarize your entire request in the subject line with keywords, e.g. “XYZ news emoji media request” — enabling email triage from the phone notification is far politer in the long run than gently working up to the topic.