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An article co-authored with now graduated MA-student Liz Buter (Wordbank LLC) has been accepted by the journal Ampersand. It was based on her term paper from Syntactic Theories. The paper, “Do me a syntax: Doggo memes, language games, and the internal structure of English.”
This was one of the most fun and wild papers I’ve written yet. I’ll be sure to update when it comes out.

Guest Talk at Monticello High

Gave a guest lecture at Monticello High School in Monticello, IL. Our focus was on the interaction of rhetoric and linguistics. We looked at pragmatics, syntax, cross-cultural communication. It was a great time and a standing room only audience!


Textbook Contract

I have signed a textbook contract with Wiley-Blackwell for Morphology: A Distributed Morphology Introduction. The goal is to have a usable draft of the book for Spring 2020. Please let me know if you are interested in piloting the book and providing feedback.

Linguistics and Space

I will be presenting work co-authored with Andrew McKenzie at the Interstellar Workshop hosted by the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, Netherlands later this month.

Read more here: https://news.siu.edu/2019/05/052219-linguistics-professor-to-present-on-the-future-of-communication-with-interstellar-travel.php

Update: Pre-prints of the peer reviewed article for Acta Futura are available here: https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004743


Spring 2019 SIU Day was a major success!

Linguistics partnered with Criminology and Criminal Justice to work with local high school students to determine, based on linguistic evidence, whether we should suspect J.K. Rowling of writing the Jon Benet Ramsey ransom note… she’s in the clear for now!