I did an interview on the Lexicon Valley podcast with summer host John McWhorter, talking about emoji, internet language, and being a public linguist. It was a treat to get to do a long interview with a fellow linguist, so I’d definitely recommend that one!
I did a live interview on Science Friday, talking about about expressive punctuation and internet tone of voice.
I livetweeted N.K. Jemisin’s latest book, The Obelisk Gate, from a linguistics perspective. (See also my livetweet of her previous book, The Fifth Season.) I also tweeted a bit about the linguistics of the new Ghostbusters movie.
I changed the colour of the logo for All Things Linguistic from black & white to teal.
Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet month with lots of book writing and editing happening behind the scenes. Nothing official to announce there yet, but you can check out my #amwriting tweets for cryptic snippets of the writing process (mostly me fighting with spellcheck).
- A retrospective thread about being the Resident Linguist at The Toast
- Your google is as good as mine
- What would emoji poetry look like?
- There is a proposal for a salt emoji and I hope it succeeds
- Best franglais I’ve heard in a while: “c’est la pire wifi ever”
- Faxlore and photocopylore were a thing
Selected blog posts:
- A 17th century rant against singular “thou”
- A bad conlanging idea based on internet acronyms
- Scalar implicature and #BlackLivesMatter
- What if we used mouth shapes of face emoji to represent vowels?
- A #novelsentence involving ferrets, M&Ms, and drones
- What Blissymbolics can teach us about emoji
- The pronunciation of gif, based on Old English
- Linguistics jobs: interview with a speech pathologist
- Someone wrote an academic paper on why Impact is the meme font
This month’s bookshelfie is a literal selfie that I took in the window of Elizabeth’s Books in Lunenburg – yes, that’s my hair in silhouette!