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Gretchen McCulloch
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Linguist, writer.
Linguist, writer.

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My newsletter for February 2017: Colour words @lingthusiasm, links, and a wug on the beach

I was quoted in this article on Broadly at Vice: The History of Petty Memes. Episode 5 of Lingthusiasm went up! It’s about Colour words around the world and inside your brain. We also posted a quote about Space Pidgin from episode 1 that became very…

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My monthly newsletter for January 2017: LSA panel, talk, #lingwiki and livetweets

I gave a talk about Stumbling into linguistics via blogs and Wikipedia at a panel on Getting High School Students into Linguistics which I co-organized with Moti Lieberman at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in Austin, Texas. My slides are…

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2016 Year in Review: Top posts on @AllThingsLing, collaborations, talks, media and more!

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…

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What I did in December 2016: @lingthusiasm launched, Idea Channel video & more highlights

I launched a podcast called Lingthusiasm with the fantastic Lauren Gawne of the linguistics blog Superlinguo. 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…

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My monthly newsletter for November 2016: #EmojiCon, Arrival movie & language disruption in OUP

This month, I attended the first EmojiCon in San Francisco. I gave a talk about the mistake people make in assuming that emoji are a language, and three paralinguistic things that emoji do instead (in column form, and here’s a visualization of it), and…

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October 2016: #DawnorDoom talk on emoji, SXSW Word Curation accepted, #SpookyTalesForLinguists

In October, I gave a talk about emoji and why they aren’t language at the Dawn or Doom conference at Purdue University. You can see slides here or just look at the fantastic visualization that The Ink Factory made of my talk. I also got to meet Jorge Cham…

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What I did in September 2016: 2nd book draft, #Wulf4Ham, linguistics jobs interviews

I hit a book milestone: I finished the second major draft! Details and sneak peaks into the writing process. I also made a central information page for the book. I was quoted in two articles, That time when “That time when” took over the…

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What I did in August 2016: SXSW words proposal, Twitter verified, Wikipedia & jobs advice

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…

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What I did in July 2016: Lexicon Valley on pop linguistics, Science Friday on punctuation

I did 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…

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What I did in June 2016: Old English & Emoji on The Toast, #lingwiki at #colang2016 in Alaska

What I did in June 2016: Old English & Emoji on The Toast, #lingwiki at #colang2016 in Alaska
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