01/08/2013

In its 23rd annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “hashtag” as the word of the year for 2012. Hashtag refers to the practice used on Twitter for marking topics or making commentary by means of a hash symbol (#) followed by a word or phrase.

12/28/2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAA) will meet in Boston February 14-18 at the Hynes Convention Center. An enormous range of topics on science and science education will be presented.

12/20/2012

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.9 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks linguistics program.

12/17/2012

Home to around 800 different languages, New York is a delight for linguists, but also provides a rich hunting ground for those trying to document languages threatened with extinction.  It is not just a city where many languages live, it is also a place where languages go to die, the final de

12/04/2012

Words like “organism” and “photosynthesis” — to say nothing of more obscure and harder-to-spell terms — have no single widely accepted equivalent in sign language.  Crowdsourcing projects in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language are under way at several universities, enabling

12/03/2012

Do Washingtonians share a particular way of speaking?  Is there such a thing as a specifically D.C.

11/28/2012

A looming crisis for newspaper editors has been averted.

11/28/2012

A looming crisis for newspaper editors has been averted. Webster’s New World Dictionary is in safe hands again.  Read more ...

11/26/2012

This Language Log posting for discusses several different hypotheses about how English grammar might have changed to allow Isis and Wasis into the pantheon of grammaticality. Read more ...

11/20/2012

The Voices of California Project, which includes faculty and graduate students from the linguistics and anthropology departments, is focused on understanding how English is developing and changing in the state and documenting it for future generations. 

11/15/2012

Montreal is a linguistic kaleidoscope, with its own regional blend of English and French words. Just as there are anglicisms, Montreal anglos use French words in regular speech. The Montreal Gazette has an online survey that they hope will help us document this mélange.

11/13/2012

Linguist and LSA member K.

11/08/2012

Somewhere between Sheffield and Chesterfield, people stop saying house and say something that sounds a lot more like 'arse. It's an isogloss, a kind of linguistic boundary line where accent and dialect changes.

11/06/2012

New census data reveal linguistic diversity of Canada’s population.

11/05/2012

A University of Waikato-led research project which draws on the "wisdom of the elders" to improve conservation and biodiversity has won support from the prestigious Marsden Fund, New Zealand's funding for ideas-driven research.

11/01/2012

Funding for federal science programs, including linguistics research within NSF and NIH, is under threat; without further congressional action, automatic budget cuts will reduce spending on science by nine percent as of January 2, 2013.  The American Physical Society is spearheading a studen

11/01/2012

The North Carolina Language and Life Project has a booth at the the North Carolina State Fair to educate fairgoers about language and culture in the state.  The YouTube video below shows footage from the 2012 Fair.

10/31/2012

The U.S. East Coast is beginning to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.  Two articles, one by Geoffrey Pullum in Lingua Franca  and one by Mark Liberman in Language Log discuss word compounding as it relates to popular names for the storm.

10/26/2012

According to this New York Times review of David Skinner's new book, the publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary caused significant controversy within the linguistic community when it first appeared in 1961. 

10/25/2012

The National Science Foundation has issued a call for Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (IBSS).

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