The 3rd Annual Five-Minute Linguist event played to a capacity crowd at the recent LSA Annual Meeting in New York City.  Congratulations to the winner, Ai Taniguchi, pictured below, for "Why we Say Stuff," and to honorable mentions Andrew Cheng, for "Style-shifting, Bilingualism, and the Koreatown Accent" and Jessi Grieser, for "Black Language Matters, Especially in the City!"


The event featured presentations from eight finalists selected by members of the LSA's Public Relations Committee and others from among the over thirty abstracts submitted especially for this event.   The Five-Minute Linguist was emceed by John McWhorter (Columbia University).  Patrick Cox (winner of the LSA's 2018 Linguistics Journalism Award), Gretchen McCulloch (Lingthusiasm), Katy Waldman (The New Yorker), and Ben Zimmer (The Wall Streeet Journal) served as judges.   


The Five-minute Linguist presentations must be conducted without notes or a podium and they must be informative, engaging, and accessible to a non-specialist audience. The 2019 Five-Minute Linguist was sponsored by the Department of Linguistics at Montclair State University.


Watch a video of the 2019 Five-Minute Linguist.