Topic : Linguists
Telling the Life Stories of Words
December 7, 2010
The University of Chicago website is featuring an article about three alumni who have become "ambassadors of lexicography" and are "putting a public face on modern language studies": Jesse Sheidlower of the Oxford English Dictionary, Erin McKean of Wordnik, and Ben Zimmer of the Visual Thesaurus. Read the article here.
Zimmer and McWhorter on Bloggingheads
September 17, 2010
On Bloggingheads, Visual Thesaurus executive producer Ben Zimmer joins fellow linguist John McWhorter to talk about a wide range of language issues, from new approaches to the teaching of English to the language of "Mad Men." Watch the conversation here.
Career in Linguistics. You Sure?
June 30, 2007
Blog Du Jour
Fun Lovin' Linguists
June 20, 2007
In this month's Language Lounge, our columnist Orin Hargraves looks forward to "real-time, hands-on, no-holds-barred action lexicography" at the big Dictionary Society hoedown in Chicago. Couldn't make the confab? No problem: Check out these linguists' websites for a taste of what Orin's talking about:
Ask a Linguist
January 20, 2007
Have a burning question about language origin, morphology or perhaps the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis? Well, why not ask a friendly linguist! Ask-A-Linguist , a service provided by an Internet network of professional linguists, welcomes you to post language-related questions of all kinds on their site.
Behind the Dictionary
Lexicographers Talk About Language
December 6, 2006
Geoffrey Pullum, the co-creator of the language website Language Log, sums up his site's popularity this way: "A: We like to have fun. B: We enjoy writing. And C: We're linguists." Over 40,000 people a week visit for a smart, witty, wry -- and, yes, fun -- take on how we use this English language of ours. Now Geoffrey and his collaborator Mark Liberman, both linguistics professors, have captured the flavor of their website in a new book called Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log. We called Geoffrey to talk about his work.Continue reading...
Dictionary of Difficult Words
November 4, 2006
Can't tell your a posteriori from your a priori? Look 'em up in the "Dictionary of Difficult Words," a website that asks, "Do you aim to become a member of the literati, or do you wish to be a savant? Do you want to avoid being verbigerative and be succinct instead?" If you answered yes, yes, yes, and yes, check out their list of words here.