Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.
Shalini Shankar wrote a truly excellent piece about the problems with anthropology. If you’re in, or interested in the field, it’s a must-read.
Norma Mendoza-Denton’s 1995 chapter “Pregnant Pauses: Silence and Authority in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings” has found new relevance this week. And here are linguists reacting to Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford’s testimony this week.
And on a lighter note, after a Twitter debate over the ‘condiments’ category, I’ve been obsessing over Angus Grieve-Smith’s posts about categorization:
- What are the stakes?
- On splitting categories
- What happens when one subcategory eclipses the others
- and a whole bunch of posts on markedness in the context of cisgender and transgender. (Yes, I’ve only linked one of the bunch!)
 I’ve clearly not succeeded at this in the last few weeks.