language links, ling-anth links

Language links 2/1/2019

Once a month, I share some of what I’ve been reading.


Fewer people are spreading fake news than we thought, and age is a big part of the puzzle. A second study found similar conclusions about age — and also that a very small set of folks are consuming and sharing fake news. (Many thoughts and questions about the two sets of methods, but I’ll save it for elsewhere.)

Megan Figueroa is crowd-sourcing a list of minoritized scholars in the field of language. Please help — and don’t be shy about including yourself!

Apparently NSF grants that are funded are jargonier than those that are not. Many possibilities here, but I suspect it’s about how we make our work legible as scholarly to folks outside our immediate citational communities. In plain English: if you work in a different subfield and don’t read what I read, how do I convince you that I’m the real deal?

Court reporters aren’t always equipped to translate the way that Black people speak. (To be clear: their training assumes Standard American English, which is not the way that most people actually speak in most contexts. And we can go on all day about the structural challenges of access to SAE…) Here’s more info from two of the study’s authors and an explainer on some of the linguistic stuff.

Behind-the-scenes stories about the avoidance of the words “racist” and “racism” in the media.

In other news, I’ve been on-the-ball about reading academic work this year, and I’m tracking it in this Twitter thread.

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