May 06 2022 | #linguistics

There's academic freedom, and then there's 'academic freedom'

As some readers may be aware, the Linguistics Society of America is embroiled in a controversy about academic freedom. ((Yes, another one.)[])


Nov 12 2021 | #resources #conferences

Best practices: in-person, virtual, and hybrid events

This post is a reflection on my experience planning virtual events, with some thoughts about extending virtual formats to hybrid events (those with both virtual and in-person participants).


Nov 03 2021 | #linguistics, #inside-baseball

Some thoughts on roots and variation

This is a very belated post sharing some thoughts about the potential for crosslinguistic variation in the content of roots. It was inspired by the special session on roots at WCCFL 39, hosted virtually by UArizona in April 2021; I wrote this post then, but promptly forgot about it until now, when I unearthed it from my drafts folder. I’ve now lightly edited it and added links to the references, but it’s mostly unchanged from April.


Aug 25 2020 | #linguistics

Figuring 'you guys' out

Contemporary “standard” English famously lacks a distinction between singular and plural in the second person, but almost as famously, “non-standard” varieties of English are forever innovating new second person plural pronouns—y’all, yinz, yous, and similar—or else simply retain singular thou. All of these moves address an ambiguity that does exist in the standard pronoun inventory, though one that frankly doesn’t cause as much confusion as we might have expected.


Jun 10 2020 | #resources, #conferences

On virtual events and community

Or thoughts on the whys and hows of online conferences


Jan 02 2020 | #meta

New year, new decade, new website + blog

Welcome to my new website + blog! Sometimes I get the itch to remember how much I’ve forgotten about how CSS works, and a few days later the result is something like this: an (almost) entirely static website + blog, created with Jekyll and hosted on GitHub.


Jun 30 2019 | #resources, #conferences

Thoughts on webcasting a linguistics conference

While it is becoming more common for conferences in some fields to be webcast in some form, this is still fairly unusual for linguistics conferences. To my knowledge (writing as of June 2019), none of the major conferences in theoretical linguistics (LSA, NELS, WCCFL, GLOW, etc.) has made remote attendance or participation possible.