In March I started writing a new series on internet language for Mental Floss. My first post takes a look at your ability to even: Is “even” turning into a verb? Why is it so hard to “can even”?
I also did interviews for two articles on internet language: That Way We’re All Talking Now on Matter (follow-up comments here) and no capitalization is funnier on HuffPost Books.
I organized the second #lingwiki Wikipedia editathon, for which the central event took place online via the Twitter hashtag, but with in-person satellite editathons in Singapore (organized by Lauren Gawne), Canberra (organized by Hedvig Skirgard) and Madrid (organized by Manuel Alcántara Pia). A total of 24 participants from four continents participated, creating or improving 54 articles in 7 languages. Full details here, including a list of all articles edited. I also attended and helped facilitate at my local Art+Feminism editathon earlier in the month.
I jointly launched a new collaborative project, Ling Vids, a series of videos about linguistics. You can watch the first video below, on whether a sentence is more like a bracelet or a mobile:
Selected posts from All Things Linguistic
- e.e. cummblr (tumblr postmodernism)
- Toni Morrison and William Labov on African American English
- Linguistics jobs resource roundup
- Drunk speech and stoned speech
- Benefits of indigenous language learning
- To what extent is music language?
- A detailed explanation of Negative Polarity Items and Downwards Entailment, using Mean Girls references
- Ending phrases with a comma: a preliminary investigation