I took a trip to California! I gave a keynote address at the 25th annual CSU Fullerton Linguistic Symposium (my slides at bit.ly/explainling-fullerton). A few days later, I went into the offices of Dictionary.com and gave a talk in conversation with Jane Solomon. You can hear an audio excerpt here, where I talk about the idea of an “internet era” of English. (If you want to see some non-linguistic updates from California, mostly food pics, you can check out my instagram.)
I hit a book milestone: 100k words of a (very rough) draft. You can see a celebratory screencap and read a few thoughts about the writing process. I also made an email mailing list specifically for very occasional book updates, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss any important internet language book news on social media, you can sign up for that here.
I collaborated on an episode of PBS Idea Channel about emoji with Mike Rugnetta:
I was also on NPR with a live interview on Science Friday, talking about the recent study finding that many emoji get misinterpreted, especially 😁, with the study’s lead author Hannah Miller. You can listen to the interview on souncloud.
In other media, I’m quoted in a Daily Dot article about the “snek” meme, a Daily Dot article about dialects of internet communities, and a BBC Future article about why we’re talking differently about the web/internet/cyberspace.
Selected blog posts:
- Obi-wan and Skywalker at Tatooine: Memes as intertextuality
- C#nsoring word$ in the era of search
- Emoji miscommunication study
- Learning classical versus modern languages
- Linguistic features of the “snek” meme (gosh hecking darn it)
- How do you spell descriptivism? A linguistics joke
- “Linguists are no different from other people who spend 19 hours a day pondering grammar…“
- How to remember the IPA consonant chart, with keywords
- several linguistics ~aesthetic posts
- Linguistics jobs: interview with a copywriter and fiction author
- Typographical nuance
- All the words are made up words
Here’s my favourite tweet of the month:
Photos are from the Last Bookstore in LA, which has an ordinary-looking linguistics section but and then some gorgeous book art. 😍😍😍
Agenda for May: Scotland!