The 2016 Annual Report on the State of Linguistics in Higher Education provides data and information on careers in linguistics, trends in linguistic teaching positions, gender and ethnicity breakdowns within linguistics, and topics of specialization in linguistic programs, among other areas. The Annual Report, the fourth to be released by the LSA, features data provided by linguistics departments and programs throughout North America, federal government surveys, the American Academy, the LSA’s internal membership directory, and data on gender collected by LSA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) from 50 select institutions.
Read a summary of the report’s findings here.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but, this week, I’ve listened to two phenomenal podcasts that I wanted to share.
To start with, The World in Words has put together a really fascinating exploration on Trump, looking at how his name has been translated across different languages and communities, including ASL. You can find it here:
Next, I’m completely late to the game on this one, but Lingthusiasm has taken a look at sci-fi/linguistics geekfest film “Arrival”, investigating the theories behind the film and how linguists helped to develop the script and look of the film. It is a geekily phenomenal listen that can be found here:
Check them out!
John Kelly, incredibly talented blogger at Mashed Radish and Shakespeare Confidential, has written a fascinating post about how the “dad-ification” of language shows how notions of masculinity are still being changing over time.
You can read his article here here.
This morning, I listened to an incredibly fascinating podcast by The World in Words about pronouns. It’s not really an issue that I’ve considered before beyond the recent trend in using the gender neutral “they” to refer to someone of an unspecified gender, but it’s really opened my eyes to the importance and power that pronouns have in expressing someone’s identity.
I’d highly recommend giving it a listen. You can find it here on The World in Words website.
Recent research by linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer has investigated the language used in Disney movies, paying particular attention to what female characters are complemented on and how often women speak in comparison to their male counterparts.
It is a fascinating piece of research that explores the whole corpus of Disney films from the classic, renaissance and new age eras, and raises some interesting questions not only about the way female characters are presented in Disney films, but, also, how we should study these portrayals.