I proposed a South by Southwest panel for 2017 about Word Curation: Dictionaries, Tech, and the Future with Erin McKean, Ben Zimmer, and Jane Solomon. There’s still a few days left to vote for it (you do need an account, but you can vote even if you’re not necessarily planning on attending SXSW – we’ll be putting whatever we can online afterwards).
I did interviews on #TheFeed on Sirius XM about emoji and for Wired about Apple’s new squirt gun emoji. I was also quoted in an Atlas Obscura article about singular “they” and a Jakarta Post article about internet language.
I livetweeted a linguistically interesting newish science fiction book, Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, and also got into a conversation on twitter about the history of “ship” and “slash” which turned in to this article by Flourish Klink.
I contributed to a WikiEd guidebook to editing Wikipedia for linguistics students and re-started a series of linguistics jobs interviews for the blog (Do you have a linguistics background and a job, even if it seems unrelated? Want to advise some budding linguists? Here’s one way to do it!)
I finally met Nicole Cliffe, former Toast editor, in person, as well as other toasties at a meetup in Kingston!
- I got verified on twitter
- I read about the linguistics of lolcats
- Wug emoji
- A thread about Deborah Tannen and conversational styles
- The solution to violent example sentences and pop culture relevance: Pokemon
- I took up this challenge to mashup Beowulf and Hamiton
- “Good Arbitrary Day Fraction to you!”
Selected blog posts:
- Back to school linguistics resources, revised and updated (plus video resources)
- How to pluralize loanwords: memorandibles
- English has developed a specific verb for tricking people into listening to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”
- A smol dog will always be a small dog, but not all small dogs are smol
- Taming the steamroller: on communicating with Non-Native English Speakers
- A clever demonstration of the difference between semantics and pragmatics
August’s featured photo comes from a random Montreal festival that was encouraging people to draw with sidewalk chalk. I have dubbed this a wugritte.