The preorder link for my book went up this month! You can now preorder Because Internet as a delightful surprise for your future self and to let the publisher know that people are interested in internet linguistics, either online by following the links here or by contacting your local indie bookstore. (Want a hint of what’s inside? Today in Things I Tell My Copyeditor: “stet, this is a Unicode joke”)
The Lingthusiasm main episode was about words for family relationships, or kinship terms, and the bonus episode was a behind the scenes Q&A episode where we answered your questions about the shape of the ear, very old words, and more. (The Q&A is also available as a special video episode for patrons!)
I finished my trip to Australia with a visit to Adelaide for the annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, where I did a workshop on linguistics communication (#lingcomm).
I then ended the year in Spain!
- Other people preparing for a trip: *look up places to go and foods to eat*
Me, a linguist preparing for a trip: *looks up phoneme-grapheme correspondences*
- Why Spanish s-deletion is one of my favourite sound changes
- where are the language tourism excursions and how do i sign up for them
I started a personal/professional instagram account, so if your instagram feed needs more linguistics in it, you can now follow @gretchen.mcculloch there.
- Cafe versus coffeeshop
- Continuation of my Canadian-in-Australia thread
- I kinda love this worst alphabet book
- The German word “wichtig” and its cognates
- An end-of-year thread of the most popular episodes of Lingthusiasm in 2018
- What do linguists put on top of an ungrammatical Christmas tree?
- Linguistic “particles”
- u and you signal different things
- Linguistics takes on the pushpin detour meme (wug edition)
- Memes as linguistic outreach
Selected blog posts:
- A mollusc that matches the tree diagram scarves
- What dogs understand when we speak to them
- A christmasyntax tree
- Schwa cookies
- Star Trek takes on the Gavagai problem
- How to explain linguistics to your friends and family this holiday season, revised and updated
- The impact of climate change on language loss
- Why Hanukah/Chanukkah/etc is spelled so many different ways
This month’s photo is from Adelaide, where a group of linguists naturally chose to have dinner at the restaurant with the most, er, phonetic name.