I gave two talks in Washington DC, one at the LSA sister society meeting of The Association for Linguistic Evidence about explaining linguistics for forensic linguists (slides at bit.ly/explainling-lsa2016) and one at Georgetown about Writing, Talking, and Working Linguistics (slides at bit.ly/explainling-georgetown).
In the leadup to the LSA, I posted this advice post on how to “get” twitter. Also at the LSA annual meeting in DC, I held a #lingwiki Wikipedia editathon (see the report on articles edited) and did the LSA’s public relations for the weekend, including liaising with media attendees and running social media on the @LingSocAm twitter account with LSA intern Kat Starcevic. I’d also recommend checking out John Rickford’s LSA presidential address about linguistic injustice in the courtroom (in video and livetweet form).
I was quoted in several articles:
- What’s the plural of emoji? (The Atlantic)
- Washington Post on the American Dialect Society Word of the Year (which was singular “they”, as I’d been rooting for)
- Why emoji are a no-brainer for digital communication (LA Times, also accompanied by this emoji Q&A)
- He said, sheme said (Boston Globe on gender-neutral pronouns)
- The Secret Internet Language of Parents (Fast Company)
I also watched the new Star Wars movie and storified some thoughts that I and other twitter people had about how the languages make sense (spoiler: they don’t, really).
Selected blog posts:
- The attention-grabbing tricks of “YouTube voice”
- The linguists strike back, from SpecGram
- Overlooked subtleties of reaction gifs
- Criticism of the anti-“sorry” apps
- Cuneiform cookies
- A gif of the tongue moving through the vowel space
- “Drive-by yogurt attack on crochet teacher’s haberdashery leaves her shaken”
- Schwa isn’t stressed. Be like schwa.
- A diagram explaining modality (with reference to Hogwarts houses)
- Linguistic knowledge vs pedantry, a graph
Here’s a photo I took of the linguistics section at Second Story Books in DC: