In July 2015, I attended the month-long LSA summer institute (aka lingstitute) at the University of Chicago. My primary purpose there was to run four, weekly editathons to improve linguistics-related articles on Wikipedia. There were a total of 76 participants and 50 articles improved in 5 languages — for more details, see the report here. Many thanks to everyone involved!
We also had a tumblinguist meetup at lingstitute, and here’s a picture of our hands with wugs drawn on them. I livetweeted many other lingstitute events, which can be found on twitter. Plus, a lingstitute-inspired survey about what your favourite vowel is.
Shortly before lingstitute, Emily Temple-Wood (Wikipedia User:Keilana) and I created a wug-tastic linguistics stub sorting guide, for those who may be interested in contributing to linguistics-related articles on Wikipedia but don’t know much about linguistics — and it’s already seen some use at the editathons!
- What does “cheeky” mean? (Mental Floss)
- The future of the word “partner” (Dictionary.com)
- This is the best new way of asking questions, y/y? (Mental Floss)
Selected blog posts:
- BroT3, cinnamon roll, abbrevs
- Backlash about criticizing “just”
- “No problem” vs “you’re welcome”
- What if we talked about monolingual white children the way we talk about low-income children of colour?
- On “sounding gay”
- A semantic map of emoji
- New Zealand syntax in Lovely Little Losers
- Myth-busting about sign languages
I took this picture at the Seminary Co-op bookstore at UChicago. The linguistics and Marxism sections are right next to each other — I was told it’s so that all the Chomsky can be together.