I did two radio interviews this month, both of which happened to be national Drive programs, in Canada (CBC), talking about emoji and Australia (ABC), talking about language on twitter. You can listen online at their respective links.
I had a Toast article go up about the linguistics of ship names — how names like Johnlock and Brittana and Dramione get put together.
Articles for Mental Floss:
- 7 ways the internet is improving language
- 15 interesting things you can do with capital letters
- Can a computer make a meme?
I wrote an article for Strong Language about how the new voice transcription feature in Google Docs is censoring some swear words, which got picked up by a lot of news outlets: Wired, Gawker, The Register, Fusion, The Daily Dot, and Business Insider.
One of my blog posts on All Things Linguistic, about “you’re welcome” versus “no problem” and phatic communication, got picked up by Buzzfeed and turned into a gif-post. The Quartz article I wrote last month about young women’s speech also got picked up in an article at New York University.
I started a linguistics meetup group, Linguists@Montréal, loosely inspired by Linguistics in the Pub, and we had our first few inaugural events. If you’re a linguist living in or visiting Montreal, feel free to join the Facebook group or check it out to see if there’s an event happening when you’re around! (There will be a pub night the Thursday before NELS.)
Selected blog posts on All Things Linguistic:
- 20 linguistics blogs that I recommend following
- Toggle Talk: codeswitching in the classroom
- “And the other is a jellyfish” – on the jellyfish alternative
- Memes: Language Gothic and Google Translate breadsticks meme
- xkcd on I could care less
- How voice recognition systems discriminate against people with accents
- Signily, an ASL keyboard app
- Indigenous languages, literacy, and the myth of the “unwritten language”
Upcoming: I’m going to three conferences in October, Polyglot Conference in New York City, NELS in Montreal, and NWAV in Toronto. Details here, but I’ll be livetweeting using the hashtags: #pcnyc15, #nels46, and #nwav44 if you’d like to follow along!
Here’s a bookshelfie I took at Powell’s in Hyde Park when I was in Chicago in July, with some fancy filters: