This month, I was quoted in this
New York Times article about how we type laughter online.
The tenth Lingthusiasm episode went up, about
learning languages linguistically, and the Patreon bonus was about hypercorrection.
I taught a four-week class on communicating linguistics or LingComm at the LSA institute in Lexington, Kentucky. The day-to-day class notes can be found
on the @LingComm twitter account and tweets from students on #lingcomm. Here’s a summary of the class notes as blog posts:
Day 1: Goals
Day 2: Terminology and the explainer structure
Day 3: The Curse of Knowledge and short talks
Day 4: Myth debunking and in-person events
Day 5 & 6: Events, self-promotion, and charades
Day 7 & 8: Pitching and final projects
Also at the institute, I was on panels about
careers in linguistics and implicit bias in linguistics and did a Wikipedia editathon. See the whole #lingstitute hashtag for livetweets from many people, but here’s a few threads of plenary talks I attended:
In August, I’m heading to SpaceWitchCon and giving an informal session about internet linguistics.
Here’s the description.
Selected blog posts on All Things Linguistic:
This month’s image is a crochet wug that
one of my lingcomm students made me. It is even cuter in person and lives with me now (d’aww). Stay tuned for further wugventures!
conferences, editathon, explainling, internet linguistics, interviews, lingcomm, lingstitute, lingthusiasm, lingwiki, livetweets, lsa, podcasts, teaching, tweets, washington post, wugs
Aug · 05
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.
book, bookshelfies, cbc, conferences, internet linguistics, interviews, lingcomm, lingthusiasm, linguistics jobs, memes, podcasts, pop culture, radio, syntax, teaching
Jul · 08
I wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post:
Herefefe is why it’s toughfefe to say “covfefe”, which was inspired by a twitter thread of mine that became massively popular and was picked up by the Guardian, Longreads, and El Pais (Spanish).
I moderated a panel about careers in linguistics at the
annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association, part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto.
It was my 5-year blogiversary!
Here’s a list of some of my favourite posts on All Things Linguistic from the past year.
Episode 8 of Lingthusiasm was about People who make dictionaries, and contained our thoughts about Kory Stamper’s new book, Word by Word. We also posted a new Patreon bonus about selling your linguistics skills to employers, a follow-up Space Pidgin quote, and officially reached our sustainability goal on Patreon, so now we can start expanding!
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured image is from making a couple Lingthusiasm buttons at the Scholar’s Portal booth in the Congress Expo! Now I just need to get one of them to Lauren and find us an occasion to wear them…
conferences, internet linguistics, lingthusiasm, linguistics jobs, livetweets, op ed, politics, pop culture, reviews, speaking, talks, twitter, washington post
Jun · 03
Many talks and travel in March! I began the month in Hawai’i, where I ran several
lingwiki editathons at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation ( #icldc5) and also got to attend the Hilo Field Study and learn about Hawaiian language revitalization.
I then headed directly to South by Southwest, where
I moderated a panel called Word Curation: Dictionaries, Tech and the Future with Erin McKean (Wordnik), Jane Solomon (Dictionary.com), and Ben Zimmer (Wall Street Journal). We also stayed in a house together and played word games, and Erin, Jane, and I judged an emoji spelling bee organized by Jenny 8 Lee and other people from EmojiCon.
While the conferences themselves were very different, fortunately the weather in Hawai’i and Texas was very similar – warm and sometimes rainy!
My final talk of the month was at the Princeton linguistics department, where I gave a colloquium talk entitled How I Became An Internet Linguist. I also
livetweeted Kory Stamper’s new book, Word by Word, and then got to hang out with her and several other cool lexicography people in NYC on the way to Princeton.
In the meantime, I was quoted in two articles in the New York Times, on
Snapchat and phatic communication by Farhad Manjoo and on The communicative function of emoji (Gaymoji) in Grindr by Guy Trebay. The first episode of Lingthusiasm was also featured in NY Mag’s Science of Us and on #SciFriLive (Science Friday on NPR).
The sixth episode of Lingthusiasm came out, about the International Phonetic Alphabet. Listen to the
episode on SoundCloud (or wherever you get your podcasts), read the transcript, or check out the links in the shownotes. My cohost Lauren Gawne and I also launched a Patreon to help keep the podcast growing, with a bonus episode about swearing and a video featuring a cameo from our producer.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured image is from playing word games at the words house at SXSW. This particular game is known as Codenames and it was great fun.
collaborations, conferences, dictionary dot com, editathon, emoji, faq, internet linguistics, interviews, lingthusiasm, lingwiki, livetweets, NPR, reviews, speaking, storify, sxsw, talks, tweets, twitter
Apr · 18
I was quoted in this article on Broadly at Vice:
The History of Petty Memes.
Episode 5 of Lingthusiasm went up! It’s about
Colour words around the world and inside your brain. We also posted a quote about Space Pidgin from episode 1 that became very popular.
I also did a short survey about
what the winky face emojicon and/or emoji means to you (see also the twitter thread about it for comments).
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured image is a wug that I drew on a volcanic beach near Hilo, Hawai’i, as part of my trip to the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC5) at the very end of February. Most of the conference activities happened in March though, so they’ll be in next month’s very travelly update.
I gave a talk about Stumbling into linguistics via blogs and Wikipedia at a panel on Getting High School Students into Linguistics which I co-organized with Moti Lieberman at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in Austin, Texas. My slides are at
bit.ly/lingwiki-lsa2017 and our whole panel’s slides and abstracts are available here.
I also gave a talk about how people lengthen words on Twitter at the LSA, co-authored with Jeffrey Lamontagne – you can check out our slides at
bit.ly/longggg. ( Here’s a fun example that came up later.)
I ran a Wikipedia editathon for the third year in a row at the LSA –
here’s a report on the articles edited (and a bonus post on Wikipedia rabbit holes).
I also did
PR for the LSA again this year and was on the judging panel for the 5 Minute Linguist competition. If you missed the livetweets, you can relive the LSA using the hashtag #lsa2017.
fourth episode of Lingthusiasm came to you from inside the Word of the Year vote and we got fanmail!
linguistics jobs interview with Jane Solomon, a lexicographer at Dictionary.com.
a helpful acrostic of how to spell my last name to my website and email signature.
This month’s image is “lingthusiasm” sketched out in the sand, with the logo added by a helpful wave.
collaborations, conferences, dictionary dot com, editathon, interviews, lingthusiasm, linguistics jobs, lingwiki, livetweets, lsa, podcasts, politics, speaking, talks, twitter
Feb · 09
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.
book, collaborations, conferences, consulting, cross-post, internet linguistics, interviews, linguistics jobs, podcasts, radio, the toast
Jan · 16