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What I did in April 2015: Wikimedia #lingwiki grant, language is open source talk, hs teacher resources, IPA Scrabble

I received a grant from Wikimedia to fund the upcoming #lingwiki editathons in May (at the CLA in Ottawa), July (at the LSA summer institute in July), and October (at NELS in Montreal). You can see the grant information here: Linguistics Editathon series:…
I received a grant from Wikimedia to fund the upcoming #lingwiki editathons in May (at the CLA in Ottawa), July (at the LSA summer institute in July), and October (at NELS in Montreal). You can see...
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What I did in February 2015: On writing, Unravel interview, and March & July editathon plans

I wrote about the differences between teaching, pop linguistics, and pop science, in which I also bid farewell to editing for Lexicon Valley, although you’ll still see my writing popping up there occasionally. I did an interview in Unravel Magazine about…
I wrote about the differences between teaching, pop linguistics, and pop science, in which I also bid farewell to editing for Lexicon Valley, although you'll still see my writing popping up there o...
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What I did in January 2015: Tumblinguists, LSA editathon report, WOTY, interviews, and an excellent shelf of books.

I started the year at the Linguistics Society of America’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, where I spoke on a panel about popularizing linguistics in online media. I represented tumblr and tumblinguists, and you can view my slides online here; I’m…
I started the year at the Linguistics Society of America's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, where I spoke on a panel about popularizing linguistics in online media. I represented tumblr and tumb...
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Yeah, it makes sense! :)
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These videos look great! But I notice the ones up so far go from 4.1 to 5.2 -- are there any plans to put up parts 1, 2, or 3? 
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sorry, ignore that - I thought you meant 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and on. Duh. 
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I wrote a post with some things I've learned when writing pop linguistics, but it also applies to accessible writing about other technical fields.
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Linguists don't speak all the languages, but we're better than average at faking them, and for good reason.
 
7 Ways to Fake-Pronounce Any Foreign Language http://slate.me/1x65Ti0
People who speak languages other than English are sometimes impressed by how well I and other linguists pronounce words or names in their language, even if we don't speak a word of it. But it’s not magic: Here are seven basic principles that linguists use to fake-pronounce foreign languages but...
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It's true. Even Hebrew finally got around to revamping its writing system a few years ago, and the difference is amazing. 
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What I did in March 2015: internet language on Mental Floss, 2 interviews, second #lingwiki, LingVids

In March I started writing a new series on internet language for Mental Floss. My first post takes a look at your ability to even: Is “even” turning into a verb? Why is it so hard to “can even”? I also did interviews for two articles on internet language:…
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That feeling when a subordinate clause is just necessary. 
 
IN WHICH, we subordinate a clause...

I’m a fan of all the betentacled linguistic lifeforms that have emerged from our cambrian explosion online. These days, people write insanely more text than they did before the Internet and mobile phones came along. So the volume of experimentation is correspondingly massive and, for me, delightful. One joy of our age is watching wordplay evolve at the pace of E.coli.

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Subordinate-clause tweets and Yik-Yak postings seduce us into filling out that missing info, McCulloch says. “Our brain has to work a little bit harder to figure out what it’s referring to, and so making that connection is very satisfying. It’s like getting a joke. You have to draw that connection for yourself a little bit — but because you can do it, it works really well.”

A historic parallel? The crazy, long chapter headings in 19th-century novels, which often were also dependent clauses, inviting the reader to imagine the rest of the baroque narrative. “In Which Our Protagonist Meets A Dashing Stranger,” McCulloch jokes. “The ‘in which’ is doing a very similar thing.”

h/t +Daniel Estrada 

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First we LOLed. Now we’re changing the way a sentence works
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If you like swearing and language, check out the new group blog Strong Language! Here's me on swears in translation.
 
Oh, those goofy Quebecois curses

See (no, really, see!) what +Gretchen McCulloch has to say about this bilingual warning sticker in the latest Strong Language entry.
In the summer of 2013, long before Strong Language was even a glimmer in anyone's fucking eye, I snapped the picture above on a street in Montreal. I encountered it near Concordia, but I'm not sure...
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In which I explain allophones without ever using the word but with internet humour. There's also the follow-up post on my own blog http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/98757029825/free-tudoring-and-a-moist-owlet-the-5-different-t if you're interested in all the missing terms.
 
Free "Tudoring" and a Moist Owlet: The 5 Different T Sounds in English http://slate.me/1rFniKF
To the untrained ear, the letter t would seem pretty straightforward. Except for the embarrassment of pronouncing an occasional silent one—when, say, you chanced to read buffet or croquet before hearing them aloud—you probably haven't thought much about t since the days of Sesame Street. As a consonant, after all,...
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I'm on +Grammar Girl.
 
Gretchen McCulloch shares a great explanation of WHY people mix up "I" and "me":  +Gretchen McCulloch 
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Or, to quote a conversation I had the other day, just because you wouldn't wear your pyjamas to work, doesn't mean you need to sleep in your work clothes.
 
Perfect responses to peevers from John McIntyre at the Sun

Once upon a time I, too, was a peever of the first order. I got better. 

Thanks to Jonathon Owen (@ArrantPedantry) for this one.
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