Digital Text Analysis (Spring 2022)
NWAV 49 in Austin
The 49th meeting of the sociolinguistic conference "New Ways of Analyzing Variation", NWAV 49, has just finished. I chaired the organizing committee. There is a lot of information about the conference at its website, www.nwav49.org. And the history of the conference is discussed here.
Inaugural Speeches by Texan Presidents
We ran some computational analyses on the inaugural speeches of US Presidents from Texas. And then we compared them to Joe Biden's inaugural speech from January 20th, 2021. Check out a summary of the findings here.
Handbook of English Linguistics (second edition)
The Handbook of English Linguistics (2nd edition, Wiley), which I coedited, is now shipping. Here it is at the publisher's website:
The editing process for the new edition took about three years. Working with these fantastic colleagues has been a truly enriching experience!
The fading of WHOM
One project that started with a graduate course in 2017 is the tracking of the increasingly antique relativizer whom over time, using COHA. With the graduate students I produced exploratory statistics. In collaboration with Axel Bohmann, I am now taking a highly multivariate look at the ways in which the receding of WHOM progresses through different genre categories (again, looking at COHA). See our progress report.
A showcase site
I was getting accustomed to digital text analysis in R (for much of it, guided by Julia Silge) when my friend and colleague Doug Bruster asked me if I could demo some of the methods for his honors Shakespeare course. So I put together a demo on analyzing The Taming of the Shrew in a distill website.
Digital Studies at UT Austin
As part of the growing digital studies ecosystem at UT Austin I direct the Digital Studies Graduate Portfolio. Here is the updated info website about the program: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/ds/graduate/ds-portfolio/
Texas English on the radio
Since the beginning of 2019 I have been a regular guest on the Texas Standard, KUT's weekday news magazine. Together with host David Brown I listen to the voices of well-known Texans and discuss their linguistic style. A collection of all the episodes that have aired so far is available at the link below.
On the importance of textual studies to linguistic research.