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My fields of interest are sociolinguistics and phonetics, especially of sign languages, anthropology of the United States, and law. My university gives me access to a large number of resources, both online through institutional access, and offline through its holdings and inter-library loan, so if you would like something, feel free to ask. I very much believe in making knowledge accessible, and so try to combat FUTON bias by contributing using information that may be holed up behind a paywall or in dusty, old dead trees. Remember: libraries and librarians are your friends! Most of the work I do would be impossible without the wonderful, knowledgeable humans behind the desk. WorldCat is also an amazing resource that can help you find a library and get access to a number of materials offline and off. And, if you haven't guessed by now, I'm a big fan of WP:OFFLINE.
Linguistic Society of America Centennial in 2024
The Linguistic Society of America is celebrating its centennial in 2024 which provides a great motivation to improve the coverage of linguistics and linguists. It's a large task, so feel free to help with some of the goals or articles linked below.
"Mommy, mommy! The dogapodes are kissing!" -The unfortunate child of a linguist, age 3
It's a (poor) linguistics joke. A wug is a fictional bird-like creature made up by Dr. Jean Berko Gleason to test when children learn Englishmorphology, particularly how to make things plural. She would show a child a card that read "Look, there's a wug" that also showed a picture of one wug. Then she would show a picture of two wugs with the caption "Look, now there are two of them! There are two ____?". The child should respond "wugs" if they know how to pluralize normally in English. Wugapodes is a fictitious pluralization based upon a rare plural form of octopus, octopodes, meaning that, instead of the child learning to make plurals with -s they make it with -podes. Despite my name being plural, there is however only one of me.
I run the bot, WugBot, which updates the GAN backlog report and moves approved DYK nominations to the approved section for curation. Its source is available on GitHub. Feel free to ask questions or report errors with the bot (or contribute!). For more urgent matters, email me (or the bot, it is the same email address).
In his book, Literacy with an Attitude, Patrick Finn outlines the distinction between dialogue and anti-dialogue. While written with the context of education in mind, the work (and particularly descriptions of dialogue) are still applicable to the consensus-based nature of Wikipedia as dialogue allows for respectful discussion and negotiation to come to a mutually beneficial outcome—the purpose of consensus.
I search for basic agreement.
I search for glaring differences.
I search for strengths in your position.
I search for weaknesses in your position.
I reflect on my position.
I attack your position.
I consider the possibility of finding a better solution than mine or yours.
I defend my solution and exclude yours.
I temporarily suspend my beliefs.
I am invested whole-heartedly in my beliefs
I assume that many people have a piece of the answer.
I assume there is one right answer and I have it.
I want to find common ground.
I want to win.
I submit my best thinking hoping your reflections will improve it.
I submit my best thinking and defend it to show it is right.
Congratulations on making it all the way to Round 3 of the 2nd Annual GA Cup. Although you didn't make the Final/top 5 (which was very hard), we'd like to commend you with this barnstar. We hope to see you next year! MrWooHoo (talk) 23:52, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
The Football Barnstar
Thank you very much for taking the time to review the article bicycle kick. The association football project appreciates valuable contributions to the articles, and your GA review was one of them. Thanks again, and we hope you can work with us again!--MarshalN20Talk 20:01, 13 December 2015 (UTC)
For your hard work creating Bluebook style citation templates; I have no doubt that they will serve as an invaluable tool for future generations of Wikipedians. -- Notecardforfree (talk) 20:27, 7 May 2016 (UTC)
The GA barnstar
For tackling the eight Los Espantos related GA reviews at one time, I know that was not an easy task to do and that you were not forced to do so. Each review got the highest scrutiny and were better for it. Truely appreciate your time anx efforts on this. MPJ-DK 11:58, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
For your work with WugBot and DYK. I've been away from Wikipedia and by extension DYK for a while. When I came back and saw that someone had finally worked to help automate the DYK review process it made my day. Thanks for all your great work! Best, Mifter (talk) 01:53, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
The Writer's Barnstar
Fantastic work getting sociophonetics to the Main Page! Very interesting article. MX (✉ • ✎) 00:58, 1 November 2018 (UTC)