In June, I had two new articles that I wrote go up on The Toast before it closed:
- Two Linguists Explain Pseudo-Old English in The Wake (co-written with Kate Wiles)
- A Linguist Explains Emoji and What Language Death Actually Looks Like
I’m sad to say goodbye to The Toast, but was rather amused to notice that I now get a very oblique claim to fame: my last article seems is up on the front page in perpetuity, alongside Hillary Clinton.
I did an interview with The Ringer about the AP Stylebook’s decision to lowercase “internet”, which turned into a sneak peak from my book proposal and why I’d always intended to keep internet lowercase in the book.
- This is where the word “dad” came from (TIME)
- In Defense of Comic Sans (Washingtonian – I feel obliged to note here that *I* am not defending comic sans, merely being quoted about laconic internet voice)
- Translating the rise of city-specific emoji (Next City)
- My tweet about the copyright page in Ryan North’s new book got picked up by Quartz.
I spent the latter two weeks of June in Fairbanks, Alaska, at CoLang, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research, where I co-taught a weeklong mini-course on Wikis and Wikipedia for Endangered Languages with the fantabulous Lauren Gawne (aka Superlinguo).
- Day 1 slides – getting started with Wikipedia
- Day 2 slides – making your first edits on Wikipedia
- Day 3 slides – using wikis for your own projects
- Day 4 slides – Wikipedia in your language using Incubator
- Lauren’s summary blog post about CoLang
- My summary blog post, with stats (18 participants; 39 or 218 articles edited)
- My grant report about CoLang for Wikimedia
- Livetweets from CoLang at #colang2016
- Midnight sun, birch syrup & other tourist pictures
I also found out that I’m officially going to be teaching a course about linguistics outreach at the 2017 Linguistic Summer Institute (Lingstitute).
- Over half of Wikipedia articles are written about 2.5% of the world
- Children’s “errors” are often remarkable hypotheses about language
- On email discourse patterns
Selected blog posts from All Things Linguistic:
- Being a linguist is kind of like being a bird-watcher
- Debunking oversimplified myths around which gender talks more
- On language-learning and decolonization of the mind
- Time-dating fairy tales with linguistics
- 10 years of standard English vs internet abbreviations
- Novel sentences: CafePress takes down t-shirt…
This month’s bookshelfie was taken at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks, Alaska. It didn’t have a proper linguistics section, but it was still a lovely bookstore, so here’s the languages section and some bikeshare Fairbikes with books outside.