Creating a parkrun USA event

Creating a parkrun USA event

Helping to create a parkrun event in my hometown has been incredibly rewarding. parkrun makes amazing contributions to health and happiness, but it has struggled to gain traction in the US. These are some thoughts on what it takes. parkrun is the world’s largest...
Making stuff up as you go along. Selectively.

Making stuff up as you go along. Selectively.

When you talk do you just make stuff up as you go along, or do you plan ahead? And what does your grammar have to say about that? Three new findings about planning ahead while speaking tell a surprisingly consistent story. They take us from a long-standing worry about...
Pro-choice on the linguistics curriculum

Pro-choice on the linguistics curriculum

Linguistics as a field is different from how it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. There was a time when linguistics was dominated by a couple of sub-fields that relied overwhelmingly on similar analytical tools, working at roughly the same level of analysis. Things are...
Web presence for linguists

Web presence for linguists

These are notes initially written for a workshop on Web Presence at the 2015 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, at the University of Chicago, July 29th 2015. They have been updated for a workshop on Building Your Profile in a Digital World at the 2015...
NSF success for Shota and Ming

NSF success for Shota and Ming

Congratulations to Shota Momma and Ming Xiang on winning grants from the National Science Foundation. Both awards will support research on key problems in language processing, highlighted by properties of East Asian languages. Shota, currently a 4th year PhD student, ...
Pay Very Close Attention

Pay Very Close Attention

I was pretty skeptical. The instructions were to show up at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute at the designated time, to prepare nothing in advance, and then to sit in front of a public audience with half a dozen strangers and make interesting conversation for 90...
Predicting and learning

Predicting and learning

If I’m hurriedly packing to go home to Blighty for a few days, I’ll likely pull out a raincoat. It’s a safe bet, right? But if I have a little more time on my hands, I might look up the detailed forecast, and find that it’s more likely to snow (a rare event in the...