A draft of my slides for the linguistics Wikipedia editathon is now online at bit.ly/lingwiki and comments are welcome. This short url will allow participants to follow the slides at their own pace during the workshop, or indeed participate in the editathon from anywhere online during the weekend of the LSA annual meeting. More on the structure of the editathon here.
I started a blog series analyzing linguistic aspects of the BBC radio comedy Cabin Pressure:
- Airline vs Airdot in Abu Dhabi
- Structural ambiguity and scalar implicature in Boston
- Superlatives and “would do” in Cremona
- At-issue-ness, passives, and metaphors in Douz
- Why “Edinbra”, plural sports teams, and “posh Welsh” in Edinburgh, More on Edinburgh/Edinbra
- Word games in Fitton.
- NATO alphabet and chiasmus in Helsinki
- Polish names and sportscaster present in Gdansk
- Expletive infixation, strong past, Gricean maxims, and quantifiers in Ipswich
Selected posts from Lexicon Valley:
- How do you say Turkey in Turkish?
- Five poems with fantastic wordplay
- Why swearing is just like saying please (sort of) [not by me]
- Why is Mele Kalikimaka the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day? And more holiday loanword phonology
Selected blog posts:
- A few resources for language documentation and linguistic fieldwork
- Britain’s first baby to be registered with a sign name
- What do American beer and making love in a canoe have in common?
- A poem elaborating on “time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana”
- How does overtone singing work phonetically?
- Linguistics Christmas jokes
- I had a little diphthong and Deck the vowels – collaborative linguistics holiday songs
Note that I have departed from my usual practice and included some links from early December above, specifically the Christmas-related ones, because by the time the December summary post comes up in early January, they’ll be rather out of date.