Anyway, hi, I'm an internet linguist!
You might know me from writing linguistics articles at The Toast (RIP)
These days I cohost a podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics (lingthusiasm.com) and I'm writing a book in defense of internet language which'll be out with Penguin in 2019 gretchenmcculloch.com/book
Ha! @gretchenmcc on the fact that the power imbalance of different accents is socially constructed: "Words are just meat twitches until they determine whether you get a job."
Meat twitches. I love it.
"R is a harmless consonant that never asked to be embroiled in any of our petty human squabbles."
I've listened to just enough Lingthusiasm that I can hear all these quips in @gretchenmcc 's voice even without buying the audiobook
Gonna buy the audiobook of @gretchenmcc's Because Internet just* so I can hear her reading out keysmashes and emoji.
*not really just that at all, in fact because I think she's great and she's singlehandedly made me so much less snobby about internet language that I used to hate
@gretchenmcc The livetoot begins with the jacket blurb: "language is humanity's most spectacular open source project" is not a way I've ever thought about language before
Guess what I just found in the mailbox. Excited to dig in!
@gretchenmcc wrote a cool thing about the Archive of Our Own tag system
Just finished an advance copy of Because Internet by @gretchenmcc ! It’s all about Internet language and I understand so much more now about why some people use Wildly different styles online, and how the meaning varies depending on when you first started using the Internet . It’s really fascinating! Preorder: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/540664/because-internet-by-gretchen-mcculloch/9780735210936/
How do young children use emoji? Let's find out!
By popular request, a CHILD EMOJI AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION survey!
Please answer it if you have preliterate or semi-literate kids in your life, or share it with people who do, and hopefully we can make a CHILD EMOJI CORPUS 🥰
You know how on they say that all publicity is good publicity, even when it's bad? Well, if you don't want to give a certain character or company the pleasure of knowing that you talk about them, #Voldemorting is the solution. Read @gretchenmcc for WIRED: https://www.wired.com/story/voldemorting-ultimate-seo-diss-resident-linguist/
this article by @gretchenmcc is the best
A portion of the #linguistics section at MIT libraries in my August linkfest and monthly summary post!
RT @gretchenmcc Please provide your catchiest songs, for Science*
*and by Science, I mean a late-night internet social experiment that we dreamed up at #xoxofest
We generally think about language as a THING: letters, sounds, signs. But little bits of silence or invisibility are found surprisingly often in language.
Episode 23 of Lingthusiasm, the podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics, is a tour through the various kinds of linguistic nothings 🎧💚🕳️
Listen here or on your favourite podcast app https://soundcloud.com/lingthusiasm/23-when-nothing-means-something
Internet linguist (she/her)
For a daily linguistics tweet, go to @allthingslinguistic
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