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Internet linguistics

Internet linguistics: Why online language matters. Public Lecture at the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language summer school, Canberra, Australia. November 2018.

Emoji are Gesture at the second EmojiCon, Brooklyn, July 2018.

Word Curation: Dictionaries, Tech, and the Future. Panel at SXSW Interactive with Erin McKean, Ben Zimmer, and Jane Solomon, March 2017.

Wayyy Longgg: Orthotactics and Phonology in Lengthening on Twitter. With Jeff Lamontagne at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, Austin, Texas, January 2017. Slides at bit.ly/longggg

The Mistake Brands Make with Emoji (And 3 Ways to do Better) at the first EmojiCon, San Francisco, November 2016

The linguistics of billions of emoji at Dawn or Doom, a Purdue University conference about the future of technology, October 2016.

I spoke at South by Southwest (SXSW Interactive 2016) on the linguistics of billions of emoji, in collaboration with SwiftKey, March 2016. Here are the slidesfull audio, and blog post.

I talked at Dictionary.com in conversation with lexicographer Jane Solomon in April 2016. You can listen to an excerpt of the talk on soundcloud to hear my thoughts on the internet era of English.

Internet Syntax. Keynote at the McGill Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates (McCCLU), Montreal, QC. 2014


(See also Resources for more outreach materials.)

#LingComm: linguistics communication to non-linguists. Workshops at the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language summer school and the Australian Linguistics Society annual meeting, Canberra/Adelaide, Australia. Nov/Dec 2018.

Judge at Five-Minute Linguist competition: lively and engaging talks by linguists for the general public, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Linguistics in the Public Ear: Outreach via Podcasts and Radio. Panel that I organized at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. January 2018. I also co-presented a talk on this panel about Lingthusiasm, with my cohost Lauren Gawne. More about the panel.

LingComm: linguistics communication to non-linguists. 4 week intensive course at the Linguistic Summer Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. July 2018. See the class notes on my blog.

Stumbling into Linguistics: Blogs and Wikipedia. Talk on a panel about Getting High Schoolers into Linguistics, which I also co-organized. Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, Austin, Texas. January 2017. My slides at bit.ly/lingwiki-lsa2017

Getting Linguistics out of the Ivory Tower. Invited talk at the University of Kent. My slides bit.ly/explainling-kent. May 2016. Livetweets from my talk, storified.

Writing linguistics for a general audience. Invited talk at SOAS, London. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-soas. May 2016.

How to write pop linguistics. Invited talk at the University of Edinburgh. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-edinburgh. May 2016.

Practical Advice for Linguistics Outreach. Keynote at the 25th Annual Linguistics Symposium at Cal State Fullerton. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-fullerton. April 2016.

Writing, Talking, and Working Linguistics. Invited talk at Georgetown University. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-georgetown. January 2016.

Explaining linguistics to non-linguists. Outreach to the Stakeholders of Linguistic Evidence, panel at the meeting at of The Association for Linguistic Evidence (TALE), a sister society of the LSA. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-lsa2016. January 2016.

How to explain linguistics to a general audience. Invited talk at the University of Ottawa. My slides at bit.ly/explainling-uottawa. November 2015.

I co-facilitated a workshop with Anastasia Nylund at the University of Toronto on linguistics careers beyond academia. October 2015.

Calling All #Tumblinguists. On panel Linguistics Outreach via Online Media, Linguistics Society of America (LSA) annual meeting, Portland, OR. January 2015.

MA Research

McCulloch, Gretchen. 2014. Modal Indefinites in Mi’gmaq: What do we mean by ‘Random’? Presented at the Semantics of Underrepresented Languages of the Americas (SULA 8), Vancouver, BC.

McCulloch, Gretchen. 2014. Mi’gmaq -asi as a Middle Voice Head. Presented at the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

McCulloch, Gretchen. 2013. Verb Stem Composition in Mi’gmaq. MA Thesis, McGill University.

McCulloch, Gretchen. 2013. Mi’gmaq –asi as a middle voice marker. Presented at the 45th Algonquian Conference, Ottawa, ON.

McCulloch, Gretchen. 2013. Finals in Mi’gmaq. Poster at the Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) annual meeting, Victoria, BC.


I collaborated on two episode of PBS Idea Channel with Mike Rugnetta, which you can watch below:

I’ve co-written five Language Files videos with YouTuber Tom Scott, which you can watch below: