Cross-posted from my blog, All Things Linguistic.
In 2018, I finished writing my book about internet language, which now has an official title (BECAUSE INTERNET) and publication date (July 23, 2019). You can preorder it here now and it will arrive as a delightful present from yourself halfway through the year!
I also started writing a column for Wired about internet language and went to Australia to do two Lingthusiasm liveshows.
My book about internet language officially has a title and publication date! Look for BECAUSE INTERNET: UNDERSTANDING THE NEW RULES OF LANGUAGE in July 2019, and you can also put your email address here to make sure you don’t miss when it’s out on social media.
I also began a column about internet language for Wired. My first two articles:
- Voldemorting, birdsite, The Cheeto, and other ways of hiding words in plain sight online.
- Why do some mid-sized languages, like Swedish, have extensive internet resources, while others with the same or larger speaker populations do not?
For Lingthusiasm, my podcast with Lauren Gawne, we did our long-anticipated liveshows in Sydney and Melbourne! We also released new Lingthusiasm merch, including tree diagram scarves, rainbow IPA scarves, Space Baby art, and IPA ties.
We released 12 main episodes and 12 bonus episodes:
16. Learning parts of words – Morphemes and the wug test
17. Vowel Gymnastics
18. Translating the untranslatable
19. Sentences with baggage – Presuppositions
20. Speaking Canadian and Australian English in a British-American binary
21. What words sound spiky across languages? Interview with Suzy Styles
22. This, that and the other thing – determiners
23. When Nothing Means Something
24. Making books and tools speak Chatino – Interview with Hilaria Cruz
25. Every word is a real word
26. Why C and G come in hard and soft versions, and more about palatal sounds
27. Words for family relationships: kinship terms
11. We are all linguistic geniuses – Interview with Daniel Midgley
12. Creating languages for fun and learning
13. The grammar of swearing
14. The poetry of memes
15. Linguistics grad school advice
16. Forensic Linguistics
17. Homophones, homonyms, and homographs
18. Emoji, Gesture and The International Congress of Linguists
20. Bringing up bilingual babies
21. What’s it really like at academic conferences?
22. Q&A (with bonus video!) about the shape of your ears, very old words, and more
A few select media articles:
- Multiple exclamation marks in internet speak!!! (Atlantic)
Video on NBC about teen slang (NBC)
- Dictionary.com’s decision to add entries for emoji (TIME)
- Emoji in the courtroom (CBC The Current)
- On the origins of “doggo” (Wired)
- An interview about Lingthusiasm with Lauren Gawne (Babel Magazine Meet the Professionals series)
- Lingthusiasm was featured on Dictionary.com’s list of best podcasts about language.
I also started a personal/professional instagram account, and started updating the accounts for All Things Linguistic and Lingthusiasm more frequently: go check those out if your instagram feed needs more linguistics in it.
You can also follow All Things Linguistic on Mastodon for a daily linguistics post there.
Talks and conferences
I went to a broad range of interesting conferences this year: XOXO, PatreCon, LangFest, Scintillation, Automatic Speech Recognition for Endangered Languages (ASREL retreat), McGill Symposium on Indigenous Languages, and the annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).
While in Australia, I gave workshops on LingComm at the annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society and at the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language summer school, in addition to a sold-out public lecture on internet linguistics at the summer school. I also gave talks about emoji as gesture at four universities: Sydney, Melbourne, Monash, and La Trobe.
At the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, I organized a panel called Language in the Public Ear: Linguistics Outreach via Podcasts and Radio, for which my cohost Lauren Gawne represented Lingthusiasm. I also organized the linguistics Wikipedia editathon with Lauren Collister, and stepped in at the last minute to co-host the Five Minute Linguist competition with Lane Greene of the Economist, in addition to our previously scheduled judging, due to weather issues.
Selected blog posts
I hit my 6-year blogiversary! Here are a few of my favourite posts from 2018: