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Linguistics Jobs: Interview with a Freelance Writer!

superlinguo: Many, many years ago I had a very boring office job. I would read Dinosaur Comics in my lunch break. My boss didn’t realise the conceit of the comic was that it was the same image with different text each time, and just thought it was my computer background… so I got to read a lot more Dinosaur Comics (and eventually I decided I needed...

"Language features are not neutral in the way that the calculator feature is neutral. “Standard”..."

“Language features are not neutral in the way that the calculator feature is neutral. “Standard” language and “correct” spelling are collective agreements, not eternal truths, and collective agreements can change.” - Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet (via kxowledge)

FirstVoices app translates English to Indigenous languages | CBC Radio

FirstVoices app translates English to Indigenous languages | CBC Radio: theamateurlinguist: If you’ve always wanted to text  in Cree, Anishinabemowin or Maori, there’s an app for that. FirstVoices was created by First Peoples’ Cultural Council in British Columbia and has over 100 Indigenous languages including those from Canada, the U.S., Australia...

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Kindle Edition)

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Kindle Edition): I don’t know how long these $1.99 deals typically run for, but if you’ve been meaning to get a copy of Because Internet, my book about internet language, the ebook is currently on sale! (Same sale is also running on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Store, Kobo if...

Mutual Intelligibility 3 Links posts to date

superlinguo: Alongside the 6 Resource Guides, Mutual Intelligibility continues to publish weekly 3 Links posts, bringing you the best linguistics resources on the internet for your classes, or self-directed study. Below is a list of 3 Links posts published to date. You can sign up to receive weekly emails whenever a new 3 Links post is published....

Lauren Gawne and I gave a joint talk about Emoji as digital...

Lauren Gawne and I gave a joint talk about Emoji as digital gesture: Why internet linguistics matters as part of Abralin ao Vivo - Linguists Online (an initiative of Abralin - Associação Brasileira de Linguística in cooperation with several linguistics associations). Here’s our abstract: In the space of a decade emoji have gone from being unavailable...

Top posts of 8 years of All Things Linguistic

Top posts of 8 years of All Things LinguisticCross-posted from All Things Linguistic.  It’s my eight year blogiversary! Wow! Let’s celebrate by looking back at some of my favourite posts from the past year: Because Internet My book about internet language came out in July 2019. Here are a few of my favourite blog posts about it: Because Internet...

May 2020: retronyms, schwa, Language Files videos, and my 8th blogiversary

My newsletter for May 2020: retronyms, schwa, Language Files videos, and my 8th blogiversaryI did an interview for the New York Times about the vocabulary of covid times. Here’s a portion of it: Looking ahead, linguistic changes are yet to come, Ms. McCulloch said. She explained the concept of a retronym — assigning a new name for a default now dated...

linguisten: Topic day #208: Writing systems compared

linguisten: Topic day #208: Writing systems compared

Bonus 41: Tones, drums, and whistles - linguistics and music

Bonus 41: Tones, drums, and whistles - linguistics and music: lingthusiasm: Both speech and music can involve making sounds using the human body, but they also have differences – for example, music is generally more aesthetically stylized and can involve way more additional instruments than language. Different cultures highlight the similarities and...

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