In October, I gave a talk about emoji and why they aren’t language at the Dawn or Doom conference at Purdue University. You can see
slides here or just look at the fantastic visualization that The Ink Factory made of my talk. I also got to meet Jorge Cham and many other cool people.
I found out that our South by Southwest panel proposal was accepted, so you can look for me in Austin, Texas in 2017 with Ben Zimmer, Jane Solomon, and Erin McKean talking about
Word Curation: Dictionaries, Tech, and the Future.
Linguist Twitter had a lot of fun making #SpookyTalesForLinguists happen –
see highlights or just go for the whole hashtag.
I’m quoted in several articles:
I ran a linguistics jobs
interview with a health writer and noted with great excitement that plans are beginning for an AP linguistics course. I’ll be doing a panel about high school linguistics outreach at the LSA annual meeting in January.
I’m currently heading to EmojiCon in San Francisco, where I’ll be giving a workshop, so stay tuned for
Selected blog posts:
This month’s bookshelfie comes from Von’s Book Shop near Purdue University, but really, let’s just look at that visualization again. Amazing.
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Nov · 02
I hit a book milestone: I finished the second major draft!
Details and sneak peaks into the writing process. I also made a central information page for the book.
I was quoted in two articles,
That time when “That time when” took over the Internet (Washington Post) and the evolution of emoji from emoticons (Japan Times). I also storified the Beowulf/Hamilton crossover, #Wulf4Ham.
I restarted the series of interviews for the linguistics jobs series on All Things Linguistic, with the help of Elena Russo, and also created
a handy linguistics jobs overview page. New interviews: with a book publicist, science fiction writer, and policy analyst.
I’m currently heading to
Dawn or Doom, a conference at Purdue University about technology and culture, where I’ll be giving a talk about the linguistics of emoji, so you can keep an eye on #DawnOrDoom for livetweets! I also announced this month that I’ll be giving a workshop at EmojiCon in November in the Bay Area.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s bookshelfie is a photo I took when I stopped in Reykjavik briefly on my way back from the UK in May.
Mál og Menning didn’t have much of a linguistics section, but the balcony and hanging bird cutouts were charming anyway.
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Oct · 02
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.
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!
Selected blog posts:
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.
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Sep · 02
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.
ivetweeted 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.
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).
Selected blog posts:
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!
In June, I had two new articles that I wrote go up on The Toast before it closed:
I’m sad to say goodbye to The Toast, but was rather amused to notice that I now get a
very oblique claim to fame: my last article seems is up on the front page in perpetuity, alongside Hillary Clinton.
an interview with The Ringer about the AP Stylebook’s decision to lowercase “internet”, which turned into a sneak peak from my book proposal and why I’d always intended to keep internet lowercase in the book.
I spent the latter two weeks of June in Fairbanks, Alaska, at CoLang, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research, where I co-taught a weeklong mini-course on Wikis and Wikipedia for Endangered Languages with the fantabulous
Lauren Gawne (aka Superlinguo).
I also found out that I’m officially going to be teaching
a course about linguistics outreach at the 2017 Linguistic Summer Institute (Lingstitute).
Selected blog posts from All Things Linguistic:
This month’s bookshelfie was taken at
Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks, Alaska. It didn’t have a proper linguistics section, but it was still a lovely bookstore, so here’s the languages section and some bikeshare Fairbikes with books outside.
Cross-posted from All Things Linguistic.
It’s my fourth blogiversary! Let’s celebrate by looking back at some of my favourite posts:
Selected Mental Floss articles on internet language:
Livetweeted book reviews:
Memes: Language Gothic , Google Translate breadsticks meme , Your fave is problematic: adjectives , Schwa isn’t stressed. Be like schwa.
Sexy linguistics costumes (comic)
Someone dressed up as the Linguistics Gothic meme for Halloween
Hwaet, Hrodulf the red-nosed reindeer in Anglo-Saxon
The new shortest science paper is in linguistics
The linguists strike back, from SpecGram
“Drive-by yogurt attack on crochet teacher’s haberdashery leaves her shaken”
IPA song lyrics
Strunk and White, hilariously rewritten using a predictive text generator
Roses are red / Violets are blue / Ideas are green / And colourless, too
XKCD: No “I” in “team” , on I could care less , podium vs lectern and sneaky elicitation techniques , and xkcd discovers biscuit conditionals
Bad linguistics journalism bingo
How do you spell descriptivism? A linguistics joke
Several linguistics ~ aesthetic posts
Human-sized wug costumes at the University of Edinburgh
Linguistics and pop culture
Things about languages
I collaborated on five Language Files videos with Tom Scott, the first of which technically went up last year:
Haven’t been with me this whole time? It’s okay — you can see my favourite posts of year one , year two , and year three right here . Or if you’d like monthly highlight posts, you can read and/or subscribe in the News section of my website .
In May, I went on a trip to the UK, the primary purpose of which was to
consult on the public outreach component of the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA). There’s not much to share about that online yet, because they’re still in the process of interviewing people from 200 communities in Scotland, but it’ll make a really interesting interactive map that I’ll be sharing it once it’s up!
While I was in the UK, I also ran a
Wikipedia editathon at Queen Mary London, which had 11 participants who edited articles in 5 languages (9 or 72 articles, depending on how you count).
I did talks about explaining linguistics to the public at SOAS and the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Kent. Here’s
the summary blog post about getting linguistics out of the ivory tower – see also the full storify of all the tweets by Laura Bailey, and my slides at bit.ly/explainling-kent.
I also met in person many UK linguists who I’d only known via the internet, including David Crystal, Laura Bailey, Heather Froehlich, Tom Scott, Lane Greene, and Lynne Murphy (plus
an interesting museum exhibit). It was lovely to meet you all (as well as all the new folks and people I’d met already, who I’m not going to list because we’d be here all day).
I was interviewed in several places, mostly podcasts:
It was my fourth blogiversary on All Things Linguistic! I wrote
a roundup of my favourite posts from the past year of blogging. Plus two advice posts:
Selected blog posts:
This month’s bookshelfies are from the Waterstones near SOAS/UCL, which has such an extensive linguistics section that it’s divided up by subfield and it took me two pictures to get it all.