My book about internet language officially has a title and publication date! Look for
BECAUSE INTERNET: UNDERSTANDING THE NEW RULES OF LANGUAGE in July 2019, and you can put your email address here if you want to get a link when it’s available.
My second Wired column went up:
Why do some mid-sized languages, like Swedish, have extensive internet resources, while others with the same or larger speaker populations do not?
I’ve spent most of this month
in Australia! (I did stop by PatreCon, a conference for Patreon creators, on my way.) Here’s a thread of linguistic reflections on being a Canadian in Australia.
We did our long-anticipated Lingthusiasm liveshows in
Sydney and Melbourne! It was amazing to meet so many old and new fans of the show and compare notes on Australianisms, Canadianisms, and how people talk on the internet. The liveshow recording will be up in a few months for the rest of the world.
The main Lingthusiasm episode was about
why C and G come in hard and soft versions, and more about palatal sounds, and the bonus episode was an inside view into academic conferences and how to have a good time at them. The Lingthusiasm merch is now finalized for the season, so you can order it for the holidays with confidence!
I also went to Canberra for the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) Summer School, where I gave a public lecture on internet linguistics and taught a class on linguistics communication (see course notes and readings
on the @LingComm twitter account). A few tweets from talks, plus threads about the Linguistics Roadshow and linguistics escape rooms.
I also did talks at
University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and Monash University, and radio interviews on ABC Melbourne and ABC Canberra.
I also did
a short thread about An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Selected blog posts:
This month’s photo is a shot of the table where Lauren Gawne and I
were preparing for the Lingthusiasm liveshow, complete with Real Australian Flat Whites!
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Dec · 16
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!
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Aug · 05
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 gave two talks in Washington DC, one at the LSA sister society meeting of The Association for Linguistic Evidence about explaining linguistics for forensic linguists (slides at
bit.ly/explainling-lsa2016) and one at Georgetown about Writing, Talking, and Working Linguistics (slides at bit.ly/explainling-georgetown).
In the leadup to the LSA, I posted
this advice post on how to “get” twitter. Also at the LSA annual meeting in DC, I held a # lingwiki Wikipedia editathon (see the report on articles edited) and did the LSA’s public relations for the weekend, including liaising with media attendees and running social media on the @ LingSocAm twitter account with LSA intern Kat Starcevic. I’d also recommend checking out John Rickford’s LSA presidential address about linguistic injustice in the courtroom ( in video and livetweet form).
I was quoted in several articles:
I also watched the new Star Wars movie and
storified some thoughts that I and other twitter people had about how the languages make sense (spoiler: they don’t, really).
Selected blog posts:
Here’s a photo I took of the linguistics section at Second Story Books in DC:
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Feb · 03