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 two stories for NPR All Tech Considered: the first was an
article about the linguistic style of doggo, pupper, and the rest of the dog rates/dogspotting meme and the second was about twitter threads (tweetstorms).
I was also quoted in a
TIME article about Easter and a Fansplaining article about fanfiction versus fan fiction.
audio from my SXSW Word Curation panel is now online, as is the video from the Five Minute Linguist talks that I judged in January.
This month’s Lingthusiasm episode was about how
Kids These Days aren’t ruining language, plus a highly-requested bonus episode on our Patreon about how to teach yourself even more linguistics, with our recs for linguistics books, videos, and other resources. We were also featured on Language Log and Linguist List and got a great endorsement from a listener.
Selected blog posts:
This month’s featured image comes from my attempt to draw a wug with an eye that would light up out of a pen that had conductive ink and using my fingers as part of the circuit, from a booth at South by Southwest in March. It was, alas, unsuccessful (they don’t teach circuits at linguist school) and I had to do weird things to the contrast in order to make the silver ink show up in the photo, but it still looks pretty cool.
fanguistics, internet linguistics, interviews, lsa, NPR, podcasts, pop culture, radio, sxsw, tweets, wugs
May · 10
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.
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Feb · 09
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:
bookshelfies, conferences, editathon, explainling, internet linguistics, interviews, linguist humour, lingwiki, lsa, pop culture, twitter
Feb · 03