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 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
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
I proposed a South by Southwest panel for 2017 about
Word Curation: Dictionaries, Tech, and the Future with Erin McKean, Ben Zimmer, and Jane Solomon. There’s still a few days left to vote for it (you do need an account, but you can vote even if you’re not necessarily planning on attending SXSW – we’ll be putting whatever we can online afterwards).
I did interviews on
#TheFeed on Sirius XM about emoji and for Wired about Apple’s new squirt gun emoji. I was also quoted in an Atlas Obscura article about singular “they” and a Jakarta Post article about internet language.
livetweeted a linguistically interesting newish science fiction book, Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, and also got into a conversation on twitter about the history of “ship” and “slash” which turned in to this article by Flourish Klink.
I contributed to
a WikiEd guidebook to editing Wikipedia for linguistics students and re-started a series of linguistics jobs interviews for the blog (Do you have a linguistics background and a job, even if it seems unrelated? Want to advise some budding linguists? Here’s one way to do it!)
I finally met Nicole Cliffe, former Toast editor, in person, as well as other toasties at a meetup in Kingston!
Selected blog posts:
August’s featured photo comes from a random Montreal festival that was encouraging people to draw with sidewalk chalk. I have dubbed this a wugritte.
emoji, fanguistics, internet linguistics, interviews, linguistics jobs, lingwiki, livetweets, radio, reviews, sxsw, tweets, twitter, wugs
Sep · 02
an interview on the Lexicon Valley podcast with summer host John McWhorter, talking about emoji, internet language, and being a public linguist. It was a treat to get to do a long interview with a fellow linguist, so I’d definitely recommend that one!
I did a live interview on Science Friday, talking about
about expressive punctuation and internet tone of voice.
ivetweeted N.K. Jemisin’s latest book, The Obelisk Gate, from a linguistics perspective. (See also my livetweet of her previous book, The Fifth Season.) I also tweeted a bit about the linguistics of the new Ghostbusters movie.
changed the colour of the logo for All Things Linguistic from black & white to teal.
Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet month with lots of book writing and editing happening behind the scenes. Nothing official to announce there yet, but you can
check out my #amwriting tweets for cryptic snippets of the writing process (mostly me fighting with spellcheck).
Selected blog posts:
This month’s bookshelfie is a literal selfie that I took in the window of Elizabeth’s Books in Lunenburg – yes, that’s my hair in silhouette!
I took a trip to California! I gave a keynote address at the 25th annual CSU Fullerton Linguistic Symposium (my slides at
bit.ly/explainling-fullerton). A few days later, I went into the offices of Dictionary.com and gave a talk in conversation with Jane Solomon. You can hear an audio excerpt here, where I talk about the idea of an “internet era” of English. (If you want to see some non-linguistic updates from California, mostly food pics, you can check out my instagram.)
I hit a book milestone: 100k words of a (very rough) draft. You can see
a celebratory screencap and read a few thoughts about the writing process. I also made an email mailing list specifically for very occasional book updates, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss any important internet language book news on social media, you can sign up for that here.
I collaborated on
an episode of PBS Idea Channel about emoji with Mike Rugnetta:
I was also on NPR with a live
interview on Science Friday, talking about the recent study finding that many emoji get misinterpreted, especially 😁, with the study’s lead author Hannah Miller. You can listen to the interview on souncloud.
In other media, I’m quoted in a
Daily Dot article about the “snek” meme, a Daily Dot article about dialects of internet communities, and a BBC Future article about why we’re talking differently about the web/internet/cyberspace.
Selected blog posts:
Here’s my favourite tweet of the month:
Photos are from the Last Bookstore in LA, which has an ordinary-looking linguistics section but and then some gorgeous book art. 😍😍😍
Agenda for May: Scotland!
book, bookshelfies, dictionary dot com, emoji, internet linguistics, interviews, NPR, radio, speaking, talks, tweets, videos
May · 02
March was a month of emoji!
I gave a
talk at SXSW about the linguistics of emoji in collaboration with SwiftKey. You can see our slides with notes, listen to our full talk, see pictures, and view the livetweets on #EmojiLang. The talk was a lot of fun and we had a full audience of 275 people.
There was a lot of media from my SXSW talk from around the world:
I also had two print interviews go out, both about emoji: in WIRED with Clive Thompson and in the Austin Chronicle’s SXSW Interactive special edition. I also met a lot of great people and went to some fantastic talks at SXSW – you can see a list of other interesting things to check out at
the bottom of this post.
Other media included:
I also participated in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia editathon for the 3rd year.
Selected blog posts:
Here are photos the two print interviews plus a bonus picture of the linguistics section at The Last Bookstore in Austin, Texas (shelved, interestingly, next to public speaking).