I did some back-to-school virtual university talks this month! I talked about The Internet is Making English Better at Yale with Claire Bowern and about Internet Linguistics and Memes as Internet Folklore with a student at the University of Oklahoma.
In fun internet crossover moments, Cecil Baldwin, host of Welcome to Night Vale (the podcast that got me into podcasts!), discovered the Welcome to Night Vale crossover in Because Internet, which he had evidently been reading!
Peeking face, palm up, and palm down – the emoji I proposed with Lauren Gawne and Jennifer Daniel are now officially in Unicode 14.0 and will be coming to your devices in the next few years!
The main episode of Lingthusiasm was That’s the kind of episode it’s – clitics. The bonus episode was Q&A with Emily Gref from language museum Planet Word. We also debuted a time-limited Lingthusiastic Sticker Pack special offer for people who support the podcast on Patreon. Finally, Lauren and I commissioned a portrait of the two of us hanging out together as cohosts, since international travel restrictions mean we won’t be taking a photo together anytime soon.
- Lack of diversity in childhood language acquisition studies
- Enweirdening words through AI magic
- #MetGala2021 as linguistics books
- haunted trunk implicature
- emoji reaction research idea
- Why kids these days don’t understand file systems
- Mario epenthesis
- Japan’s new prime minister, Britney Spears crash blossom
Selected blog posts:
- Revised and updated for another year: How to teach yourself linguistics online for free
- Linguistics jobs: social media lead (for NASA)
- Dinosaur Comics on the “I dunno” hum
- A list of the languages mentioned on Crash Course Linguistics
Here’s the portrait of me and Lauren again, I’m so pleased with how it turned out! We also got individual versions to use as social media avatars.