April 2020: expletive infixation and singular they
|Gretchen McCulloch||May 25|
We put up many posts on Mutual Intelligibility, the new newsletter that I'm producing with Lauren Gawne with resources for people who are teaching (or self-teaching) linguistics online (thanks to our contributors Liz McCullough and Katy Whitcomb!). Here are a few of them:
The Lingthusiasm main episode was an interview with Kirby Conrod about the grammar of singular they (see also the show notes and transcript). This month's Lingthusiasm bonus episode was about synesthesia - when letters have colours and time is a braid.
We're officially giving out four LingComm Grants! If you have an idea for a linguistics communication project, make sure to apply by June 1st!
Lauren Gawne gave a video talk about our joint work on emoji and gesture. We also continued to work on scripts for Crash Course Linguistics.
A new Language Files video came out: Abso-b████y-lutely - Expletive Infixation, product of the ongoing collaboration between me, Tom Scott, and Molly Ruhl.
National Print/Top Online:
Electric Literature– feature “Why “Ok.” Is the Most Terrifying Text You Could Ever Receive” – 4/10
Medium’s Wonk Bridge – mention – 4/15
Tor.com– roundup “Books that Grab You” – 4/21
American Magazine – mention – 4/24
Jotwell/Technology Law Blog – mention – 4/24
Time – feature “'Stay Safe!' The Art of Emailing During the Coronavirus Pandemic” – 4/24
Tom’s Guide – roundup “The best books to read while stuck at home” – 4/26
CNBC's Make It – feature “The psychological reasons why everyone’s burned out on video conferencing” – 4/27
RIT’s Reporter – feature – 4/27
structural ambiguity: reclusive scientists
Selected blog posts:
Linguistics jobs: transcriptionist (for Lingthusiasm and other linguistics podcasts)
other people, quarantime-googling: how to cut own hair
linguists: how to learn [insert language]
This month's photo is of Because Internet in the Technology section of Elliott Bay Books, from back when I was there in February. Remember browsing bookstores? I’m glad so many indie bookstores are doing online delivery, but man, browsing. That was nice.
Thanks for coming along,