I went to New York City for a planning meeting of the
Planet Word Advisory Board and to meet with my publisher. The details of both are top secret for now but will be really exciting once I can talk about them!
Lingthusiasm aired our very first interview episode:
What Does it Mean to Sound Black? Intonation and Identity Interview with Nicole Holliday ( transcript). The bonus episode was a recording of our Montreal impromptu liveshow about like, um, hark, and other discourse markers, so you can check that out on Patreon if you want to feel like you’re right there in a room of friendly Lingthusiasts!
ran a review and recommend campaign in order to reach 100k listens by our anniversary episode in November, so if you needed an excuse to start listening, get caught up, or recommend the podcast to anyone who needs some fun linguistics in their life, now would be a great time! (Since this post is going up a bit later than usual, I can say that we did in fact meet that goal and that you may also want to know about these IPA scarves now, rather than waiting until their official appearance in November’s news post!)
I did an
interview with the Macquarie Dictionary podcast on doggo, and I was quoted in several blog posts on the Oxford Dictionaries blog, about doggo speak, birbspeak, and the history of animal meme lects.
I also updated my two linguistics grad school advice posts:
Part I and Part II, and there was a Linguistics Jobs interview about a project manager a language tech company.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured images are some fun sketches I drew of schwa dressing up for Halloween (schwa-lloween), because, after all, it’s
the spookiest vowel.
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Nov · 18
We had a
Lingthusiasm liveshow at Argo Bookshop in Montreal, because my cohost Lauren Gawne was in town for a conference. We sold out the bookshop (in fact, we had to buy them a couple extra chairs!). It was great to meet so many new listeners and to introduce Lauren to friends I already know! If you missed out on the liveshow due to the vicissitudes of geography, you can now listen to it online: So like, what’s up with, um, discourse markers? Hark, a liveshow!
This month’s Lingthusiasm main episode was about
sounds you can’t hear – babies, accents, and phonemes, and the bonus is about linguistic research and how to become the go-to person among your friends for language questions. We also made a snazzier website for the podcast.
Book update: I’ve
progressed into line edits for my book on internet language. (Not sure what line edits are? I’m really happy with the metaphor I came up with to explain them.)
I was interviewed in
an episode of the World in Words about “aliebn-speak” or the linguistic style of jomny sun.
I was also interviewed on
the Macquarie Dictionary podcast about the history of singular “they” and how “language is an open source project”.
Selected blog posts:
Here’s a photo from the liveshow at Argo Bookshop!
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Oct · 07
I was quoted in this article in NY Magazine:
The Internet Tilde Perfectly Conveys Something We Don’t Have the Words to Explain. I was also in an episode of CBC Spark about digital tools revitalizing minority languages.
I spent a bunch of time behind the scenes working on the book:
here’s an #amwriting tweet about meme formatting.
Lingthusiasm posted its ninth regular episode:
The bridge between words and sentences – Constituency and a bonus episode about the linguistics of the doggo meme. I made a page about the podcast for this website and we put the Space Pidgin quote on Medium for easier reading. Lingthusiasm hit our equipment goal and bought a new recorder: here’s a picture of it!
I also announced a class twitter account
@LingComm and class hashtag #lingcomm for the course on linguistics outreach/communicating linguistics that I’m teaching at the Linguistic Summer Institute (Lingstitute) in the month of July. Feel free to follow along!
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured image is a photo of the new linguistics section at
Argo Bookshop in Montreal, which was just reopened by linguists Moti Lieberman and Adele-Elise Prevost, from when I went to their opening party this month.
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Jul · 08
Cross-posted from All Things Linguistic.
In 2016, I met Lauren Gawne of Superlinguo in person for the first time and by the end of the year, we’d created a podcast called
Lingthusiasm. It’s a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics and you can listen to it on iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play Music, YouTube or most other podcast apps via rss, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. We launched it with the first three episodes – stay tuned for more in 2017!
Speaking a common language won’t lead to world peace
Pronouns: singular “they”, other languages, and solving the gay fanfiction pronoun problem
A lingthusiastic review of the alien linguistics movie Arrival
I also collaborated on two episodes of PBS Idea Channel with Mike Rugnetta:
All Things Linguistic turned four! I also got verified on twitter, which has not really changed anything, but here’s a reminder that you can follow me there as a person @ GretchenAMcC or this blog at @ AllThingsLing. Articles
article on teen girls as language disruptors, which I wrote for Quartz last year, was republished in a print textbook from Oxford University Press called Making Sense of Language. Book
I did a lot of behind the scenes writing on
my upcoming book about internet language for Riverhead at Penguin. Here are the update posts so far:
I’m writing a book about internet language!
I have a (very rough) draft
I talked with The Ringer about why I’m lowercasing “internet” in the book
I have a full draft, with chapters and paragraphs
I also made
an email list for book updates, if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss it on social media. Talks
a talk at South by Southwest on emoji, in collaboration with SwiftKey
Workshop at the first Emojicon on the mistake people make in assuming that emoji are a language, and three paralinguistic things that emoji do instead
Forensic linguistics panel at the sister society of the LSA Talks about linguistics outreach and careers in linguistics at Georgetown, University of California Fullerton, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, SOAS, University of Kent, and Swarthmore.
Here’s a summary blog post about getting linguistics out of the ivory tower Talk in conversation with Jane Solomon at Dictionary.com.
Audio excerpt, where I talk about the idea of an “internet era” of English.
Talk about emoji at Dawn or Doom, a conference at Purdue University about technology and culture. Outreach
I did a
lot of interviews, but here are some of my favourites:
Top blog posts of 2016 Explanations
Novel sentences & ambiguity
It’s not often that linguist is the main character in a movie. Highlights:
Other books and movies:
I restarted the linguistics jobs series, with the assistance of Elena Russo, and created
a handy linguistics jobs overview page. New interviews: Advice
Missed out on previous years? Here are the summary posts from
2013, 2014, and 2015. If you’d like to get a much shorter monthly highlights newsletter via email, you can sign up for that on my website.
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Jan · 16
This month, I attended
the first EmojiCon in San Francisco. I gave a talk about the mistake people make in assuming that emoji are a language, and three paralinguistic things that emoji do instead ( in column form, and here’s a visualization of it), and met a lot of interesting people. You can see livetweets from the event at the #EmojiCon hashtag and I’m quoted in this article about it for TIME.
article on teen girls as language disruptors, which I wrote for Quartz last year, was republished in a print textbook from Oxford University Press, Making Sense of Language, and my copy of the book finally arrived in the mail.
I revised and updated
my annual guide for explaining linguistics to your friends and family this holiday season. See also: my archive of linguistmas posts and 2016 linguistics merch.
Like all linguists this month, I went and saw the linguistics sci fi movie Arrival. Here are
a few comments from me, another linguist’s twitter thread, linguistics cut scenes from the screenwriter, and a full list of linguistics media coverage. I also wrote a guide to more linguistics for people who liked Arrival, which I cross-posted to Medium. (Plus: an Arrival recruitment poster and meme.)
Selected blog posts:
This month’s image is a bunch of emoji-themed art by Yiying Lu from the exhibit at EmojiCon. I spent much of the conference deeply embedded in Unicode geekery but the art definitely makes a better photo.
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Dec · 08
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
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.