I did several interviews on emoji this month: for Youth Radio on NPR, for The Fader, and for CNET, plus a few tweets about emoji that got quoted on News.Com.Au:
I organized the third #lingwiki editathon at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association / Association canadienne de linguistique (ACL|CLA). We had 32 participants who edited a total of 43 articles – you can see the full report here. Many thanks to the sponsors, Wikimedia and the ACL|CLA, and of course to all the participants.
I launched a series of linguistics videos with YouTuber Tom Scott. We co-wrote five videos as a third season of his Language Files series — the first two went up in May, and the next three will go up in June.
The third video in LingVids, my previous collaborative videos project, also went up this month.
Articles for Mental Floss: Does this sentence sound incomplete, or?, “You” versus “u” as a formality distinction, and 15 ways to laugh online.
It was my third blogiversary on All Things Linguistic, so I posted a roundup of my favourite posts from the past year. Selected blog posts from this month:
- IPA emoji
- How much linguistics background do you need to major in linguistics? (Not much)
- If pronouns are a closed class, how is it that people are inventing new ones?
- Garden path sentence shirts
- Sign languages and telicity
- Free Choice Items
- Review of “Sleep Furiously” (a mobile game inspired by “Colourless green ideas sleep furiously”)
- Tweeting with an accent
- How much do children understand about time-related words like “minute”?
- “All the lonely Starbucks lovers / They’ll tell you I’m absurd / But I got a blank space baby / And it’s a function word”
And finally, here’s a photo of the linguistics section in Strand Books, from when I visited New York City this month. I’m especially pleased that they have separate sections for linguistics and etymology!
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