The Guardian: Singular ‘they’ voted word of the decade by US linguists

The Guardian: Singular ‘they’ voted word of the decade by US linguists. “US linguists have chosen ‘they’ as their word of the decade, recognising the growing use of third-person plural pronouns as a singular form to refer to people who identify their gender as neither entirely male nor entirely female.”

KMTR: UO scholar explores evolving ‘linguistic ecosystem’ of 2019 on social media

KMTR: UO scholar explores evolving ‘linguistic ecosystem’ of 2019 on social media. “Zachary Jaggers is a postdoctoral scholar of linguistics at the University of Oregon. He wrote an article describing the internet trends of 2019. He says new words and phrases popping up on our screens are a lot more than just words, but a way that people are expressing themselves.”

Wired: ‘Boomerspeak’ Is Now Available for Your Parodying Pleasure

Wired: ‘Boomerspeak’ Is Now Available for Your Parodying Pleasure . “In 2019, young people learned how to talk like boomers. It showed up in tweets (‘why do boomers all have such a strange relationship with capitalization and punctuation’), on Reddit (‘On my first ever Facebook post to a friend’s wall, I signed my name like some kind of boomer’), and people who type ‘ok boomer’ as “O.K., Boomer.” There’s a Facebook group where people pretend to be boomers, which consists of typing things like ‘say hi to Joe and the kids for me,,, love! You.’ “

Emoji, Uber and selfie: These 25 words describe the decade in tech (CNET)

CNET: Emoji, Uber and selfie: These 25 words describe the decade in tech. “Now I present 25 words, phrases and terms that tell the story of tech since 2010. Some explain deeply complex topics and others, well, are a bit frothier. So break out your dictionary and start marking in the margins, because these are the words added to our lexicon, or gaining new relevance.”

Ars Technica: Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads

Ars Technica: Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads. “The Internet has done good things to the English language. That’s the most important thing linguist Gretchen McCulloch has to say in her book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Though many prominent opinion-havers rage about the imminent death of the English language at the hands of emoji-wielding teenagers, the Internet has done no more harm to English than television, radio, or dime novels.”

Columbia Journalism Review: The new Merriam-Webster words

Columbia Journalism Review: The new Merriam-Webster words. “LAST WEEK, MERRIAM-WEBSTER inflamed the language world again by adding 533 new words to its dictionary. As usual, the new entries are a mixture of new words and new definitions for words that already existed. Some come of the words from popular culture, some from science, some from business, and some from out of someone’s hat.”

The Courier: Explore Innergourie, Meffen and Scoun on new interactive Scots language map

The Courier: Explore Innergourie, Meffen and Scoun on new interactive Scots language map. “After two years of sifting through old documents, poems and audio recordings, the Scots Language Centre (SLC) unveiled its first digital map of Scotland at a ceremony in Perth. All place names are written in Scots, showing how the mother tongue has changed over the centuries.”

BBC: Nature’s language is being hijacked by technology

BBC: Nature’s language is being hijacked by technology. “‘Apple’, ‘tweet’, ‘cloud’, ‘stream’ – words that once conjured vivid visions of the countryside are now synonymous with our technological world. And, a National Trust study suggests, just 1% of uses of the word ‘tweet’ in conversation now refer to birdsong. Similarly, while in the 1990s 100% of mentions of ‘stream’ meant ‘a little river’, that has now fallen to 36%.”

CTV News: Is the English language better because of the Internet? This linguist thinks so

CTV News: Is the English language better because of the Internet? This linguist thinks so. “A Canadian Internet linguist has written a new book arguing that the web has changed the English language for the better. Montreal-based Gretchen McCulloch’s new book ‘Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language’ aims to distill volumes of academic writing on Internet linguists and make it accessible to a popular audience.”

UMass Amherst: Why Is This Linguist #Talmbout Twitter?

UMass Amherst: Why Is This Linguist #Talmbout Twitter?. “The lickety-split spread of the phrase stay woke is just one linguistic development you can clearly track via Twitter, says Lisa Green ’93, professor of linguistics at UMass Amherst….Green recently collaborated with Brendan O’Connor, assistant professor at the College of Information and Computer Sciences, and computer science doctoral student Su Lin Wang Blodgett on a case study of dialect in Twitter conversations among African Americans. They collected a whopping 59 million tweets from 2.8 million users, including 830,000 tweets aligned with Twitter users in African American English-speaking neighborhoods.”