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!
- Schmeckbund: a culinary sprachbund (dialect continuum)
- What Klingon speakers can tell us about learning unnatural stress patterns
- The syntax of “because x” constructions
- Posting song lyrics as coded messages
- We have shruggie scansion now
- Papers about being a woman in linguistics in 1990
- The open-mouth smile emoji would have been interpreted very differently in 18th century France
- “As you’ll see elsefork in this thread…”
- The etymology of “illocutionary”
Selected blog posts:
- Auli’i Cravalho’s name
- Linguistics wordplay about Emmanuel Macron
- “Lexicography moves so slowly that scientists classify it as a solid”
- The Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights
- The relationship between gesture and thinking/speaking
- New paint colours invented by neural network
- Linguistics takes on the Student Athlete meme
- A great visualization of Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics
- A graph of a kid’s first words
- Clip of someone whistling a sentence in Spanish
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…