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 put your email address here if you want to get a link when it’s available.
My second Wired column went up:
Why do some mid-sized languages, like Swedish, have extensive internet resources, while others with the same or larger speaker populations do not?
I’ve spent most of this month
in Australia! (I did stop by PatreCon, a conference for Patreon creators, on my way.) Here’s a thread of linguistic reflections on being a Canadian in Australia.
We did our long-anticipated Lingthusiasm liveshows in
Sydney and Melbourne! It was amazing to meet so many old and new fans of the show and compare notes on Australianisms, Canadianisms, and how people talk on the internet. The liveshow recording will be up in a few months for the rest of the world.
The main Lingthusiasm episode was about
why C and G come in hard and soft versions, and more about palatal sounds, and the bonus episode was an inside view into academic conferences and how to have a good time at them. The Lingthusiasm merch is now finalized for the season, so you can order it for the holidays with confidence!
I also went to Canberra for the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) Summer School, where I gave a public lecture on internet linguistics and taught a class on linguistics communication (see course notes and readings
on the @LingComm twitter account). A few tweets from talks, plus threads about the Linguistics Roadshow and linguistics escape rooms.
I also did talks at
University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and Monash University, and radio interviews on ABC Melbourne and ABC Canberra.
I also did
a short thread about An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Selected blog posts:
This month’s photo is a shot of the table where Lauren Gawne and I
were preparing for the Lingthusiasm liveshow, complete with Real Australian Flat Whites!
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Dec · 16
started writing a Resident Linguist column for Wired! My first article is about Voldemorting, birdsite, The Cheeto, and other ways of hiding words in plain sight online.
I was in
this video on NBC about teen slang and this article about “ish” in work emails.
I attended Scintillation, where I was on
panels about linguistic worldbuilding and the future of English in science fiction, and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conferences, both in Montreal.
The Lingthusiasm main episode was about how
Every word is a real word and the bonus episode was about bringing up bilingual babies. ( Lingthusiasm is now also officially on Spotify.)
It’s our second anniversary of Lingthusiasm! To celebrate, we’re trying to help the show reach more people by encouraging current listeners to give us a shoutout on social media.
Here’s a helpful roundup post with links to all the current episodes that you can share, and we’ll thank everyone who recommends us in a special anniversary post!
livetweeted the linguistics bits from the new book HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING as well as a short thread about linguistics aspects of Salt Fat Acid Heat.
Many great linguistics Halloween costumes.
At the end of the month, I head to PatreCon and Australia!
Here’s my Australia conferences and talks schedule.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s image is the
new Space Baby art from Lingthusiasm, which is available as a poster, art print, scarf, stickers and more!
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Nov · 18
I started the month at XOXO, an experimental festival for independent artists and creators who work on the internet. I’ve been hearing about XOXO for years now, and it was amazing to finally get to go! I ran a
language meetup there, which filled the whole empty midafternoon restaurant we had it in (massive thanks to everyone who came!), and got to hang out with old friends, internet friends who felt like old friends but I’d actually never met before irl, and new friends! Here are a couple tweet-shaped highlights: on getting more poets into AI, on making an impact, on interwoven narrative structure, on an emoji-fueled Barrett’s Privateers singalong, and art of both the human and the generated kind.)
I then spent most of the rest of the month working on
copyedits for my book on internet language! Still not much to say officially, but here’s…a…tantalizing…hint… and here’s a thread about my favourite copyediting word, stet.
The main episode of Lingthusiasm was an interview with Dr Hilaria Cruz about
Making books and tools speak Chatino ( transcript) and the bonus episode was about words that are kinda-sorta English and kinda-sorta belonging to other languages, aka hyperforeignisms.
released the official Space Babies art which we commissioned based on a popular moment in a couple early episodes of Lingthusiasm, about the languages of space. Honestly just go look it it, it’s so cute! (It’s available in physical form as an art board, stickers, shirts, phone cases, and scarves.) Plus a few more new merch items, like baby onesies that say NOT JUDGING YOUR GRAMMAR, JUST ACQUIRING IT (to go with the existing merch for grownups that says NOT JUDGING YOUR GRAMMAR, JUST ANALYSING IT), more colours of IPA scarves, and by popular demand, IPA ties!
Tickets are now on sale for the Lingthusiasm liveshow
in Melbourne on Friday, 16th November 2018 at 6:30pm plus a second liveshow in Sydney on Monday, 12th November 2018 at 8pm. Both shows are going to be about how the internet is making English better, and include a patron meetup before each show and general meetup/hanging out time afterwards. I’m so excited to meet everyone!
Selected blog posts:
This month’s image is my new art from XOXO! Two bot-generated scarves in the background by Kate Compton, sunset postcards by Lucy Bellwood, and a stuffed wuglet I commissioned from Becky Margraf.
LangFest in Montreal, a conference for polyglots and language fans. See my livetweets from #LangFest18 here.
I was on KPCC AirTalk (LA’s NPR affiliate)
talking about the exclamation point in text messaging.
The Lingthusiasm main episode was about
When nothing means something ( transcript) and the bonus episode was a behind the scenes look at several recent conferences: emoji, gesture, and the International Congress of Linguists.
I started fact-checking a book about emoji and the book was so hilaribad
it turned into a thread-review ( blog post summary).
I’ve started updating the
instagram for All Things Linguistic more regularly! Go check it out if your instagram feed needs more interesting linguistics posts in it.
I’m also experimenting with Mastodon. You can
follow me here as a person, or here for a daily linguistics post from All Things Linguistic.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s photo is from July, when I was in Boston and paid a trip to the linguistics section of the MIT libraries.
My book on internet language is now heading into copyedits and will be out sometime in mid-2019! I wrote
a blog post about the latest stage of the writing process and I’ve been tweeting periodically about it as well. If you want to be the first to find out when there’s more news available, you can put your email address here and I’ll make sure you don’t miss anything.
I gave a talk about
Emoji as Gesture at the second EmojiCon, in Brooklyn (see livetweets at #emojicon18), and went to Dartmouth for a workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition for Endangered Languages. I also met up with a bunch of interesting people while I was in the NYC and Boston areas and went to EmojiLand, a surprisingly deep musical about emoji!
This month’s Lingthusiasm main episode was about
This, That, and The Other Thing – Determiners and the bonus episode was about words that look or sound the same and the cool sentences we can make from them, featuring The Buffalo Buffalo sentence and more.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s photo is the sign of the excellently-named restaurant j’eat jet? (Did you eat yet?) in Brooklyn, near the venue for EmojiCon.
I went to the Emoji2018 workshop at Stanford and
presented a paper by me and Lauren Gawne on Emoji Grammar as Beat Gestures – livetweets here, including threads of talks by Tyler Schnoebelen, Susan Herring, and a panel, and read our paper/check out our slides here.
I was in this
Wired article about Emoji2018 and this Atlantic article about Multiple exclamation marks in internet speak!!!
The main Lingthusiasm episode was
What words sound spiky across languages? Interview with Suzy Styles and the bonus was about Forensic Linguistics. We also made the IPA scarves available in rainbow, by popular request!
I also did a crossover episode with a podcast called Wah Wonders Why, about
What if there was no moon?
Selected blog posts:
This month’s photo is the language section at Book Passage from when I was in San Francisco for Emoji2018.
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Jul · 10
Cross posted from All Things Linguistic.
It’s my six year blogiversary! Wow! Let’s celebrate by looking back at some of my favourite posts from the past year:
Articles and talks
I taught a session on communicating linguistics (LingComm) at Lingstitute, the linguistic summer institute of the LSA. Here’s my course summaries:
Advice and lists
Things about languages
Linguistics baked goods and other handmade items
Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics, entered its second year! Myself and Lauren Gawne of
@superlinguo released the following main episodes this past year:
The bridge between words and sentences: Constituency10.
Learning languages linguistically11.
Layers of meaning: Cooperation, humour, and Gricean Maxims12.
Sounds you can’t hear: Babies, accents, and phonemes13.
What Does it Mean to Sound Black? Intonation and Identity Interview with Nicole Holliday14.
Getting into, up for, and down with prepositions15.
Talking and thinking about time16.
Learning parts of words: Morphemes and the wug test17.
Translating the untranslatable19.
Sentences with baggage: Presuppositions20.
Speaking Australian and Canadian English in an American/British binary
We also had a full year of bonus episodes:
Doggo linguistics behind the scenes5,
DIY linguistic research8.
Hark, a liveshow! So, like, what’s up with discourse markers?9.
Is X a sandwich? Solving the word-meaning argument10.
Liveshow Q and eh11.
We are all linguistic geniuses: Interview with Daniel Midgley of Talk the Talk12.
Creating languages for fun and learning13.
The grammar of swearing14.
The Poetry of Memes: Roses are red in the icebox15.
What you should know if you’re considering applying to linguistics grad school
We also released Lingthusiasm merch: scarves with a subtle International Phonetic Alphabet or tree diagram print on them, plus various items that say NOT JUDGING YOUR GRAMMAR, JUST ANALYSING IT, Heck Yeah Descriptivism, or Heck Yeah Language Change. Book
I did a lot of behind the scenes writing on
my upcoming book in defense of internet language for Riverhead at Penguin. I wrote an update post about the revision process here.
We’re getting close to the “exciting updates” stage for the book, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss things like the official title and publication date, preorder links, and what the cover looks like, you can
sign up to receive very occasional book update emails here.
Haven’t been with me this whole time? You can see
my favourite posts of year one, year two, year three, year four, and year five. For shorter updates, follow me on twitter as a person or as All Things Linguistic, or for a monthly newsletter with highlights, subscribe at my website.