2020 Year in Review
|Gretchen McCulloch||Jan 1|
2020 wasn't the year anyone was expecting, and I did much less travel than in previous years. But, while I was social distancing at home like everyone else, I did at least keep doing enjoyable linguistics things: Crash Course Linguistics videos went from early planning stages to nearly complete, Because Internet came out in paperback, and my podcast Lingthusiasm launched two other projects to contribute to the pop linguistics ecosystem: LingComm Grants and Mutual Intelligibility.
Because Internet, my book about internet language which hit the NYT bestseller list last year, came out in paperback this year! Links to get it in all of the formats, including how to get signed copies.
Here are some photos of the new paperback edition, same bright yellow cover, now with 10x more nice quotes from people. I also wrote an old-school reflexive blog post about what it's like to hit the final milestone in a book journey that began in 2014.
Crash Course Linguistics
I worked on these 16 fun intro linguistics videos, 10-12 minutes long each, along with a large team, including linguists Lauren Gawne and Jessi Grieser, host Taylor Behnke, the animation team at Thought Cafe, and of course the production team at Crash Course itself. Writing the scripts ended up being our first lockdown project in the spring, and then reviewing the filmed and animated episodes for accuracy a second lockdown project in the fall. The final few videos will be appearing in early 2021 -- you can watch them all at this playlist.
Wired Resident Linguist column:
Language Files videos, with Tom Scott and Molly Ruhl:
the Hidden Rules of Conversation (about Grice's Maxims)
My fourth year of producing a podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics with Lauren Gawne! Regular episodes:
And 12 bonus episodes, with thanks to our patrons for keeping the show sustainable:
We started a Lingthusiasm Discord server, a place for people who are enthusiastic about linguistics to find each other and talk! And we released new schwa-themed merch with the (admittedly aspirational these days) slogan Never Stressed.
Lingthusiasm also sponsored two other projects this year: LingComm Grants and Mutual Intelligibility.
LingComm Grants - We gave out four $500 grants to up-and-coming linguistics communications projects. Thank you again to everyone who applied, and do check out the projects of the winners of the 2020 LingComm Grants.
Mutual Intelligibility - A newsletter to connect linguistics instructors with existing linguistics resources suitable for teaching online in a bite-sized, easy-to-digest fashion, with considerable help from the editing and organizational skills of Liz McCullough.
I also compiled a list of my favourite blog posts, twitter threads, media, book recs, and talks from this year, which substack informs me is too long for email, so for the full list see the 2020 Year in Review post on my website.
Thanks for coming along, and see you in 2021. It’s an arbitrary threshold, but I still hope it’s a bit better.