On Language

On Language: American English(es) and Popular Usage?

Friday April 27th 2012


Hamilton (room number TBA)

 Join the Lexicography Society and Columbia Linguistics Society for a panel discussion featuring:BENJAMIN ZIMMER, JOHN MCWHORTER, AND DAVID K. BARNHARTAgenda: American regionalisms, as recorded by the Dictionary of American Regional English, as well as neologisms and various aspects of 21st-century usage, particularly as influenced by the Internet.

Dinner (in the form of delectable sandwiches) and refreshments will be served.

Ben Zimmer is the executive producer of Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com, as well as a language columnist for The Boston Globe. He is also the former “On Language” columnist for The New York Times Magazine. He has worked as an editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and as a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. His writing about language has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes, and Slate.

John McWhorter is a lecturer at Columbia University, specializing in language contact and change. He is the author of What Language Is (And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be), Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English, and The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language. His work on language, culture, and race appears in The New Republic and The Root, at both of which he is a Contributing Editor, as well as in The New York Daily News, at which he is a columnist.

David K. Barnhart (dba Lexik House) has been a professional lexicographer since 1966, and has experience consulting with lawyers as an expert witness. His expert witness work has focused on reporting the status of meaning and usage in language, including trademark status. As the editor of The Barnhart Dictionary Companion since 1982, he has had extensive experience in primary linguistic research, including the use of traditional and electronic resources. He is also the author of Neo Words: A Dictionary of the Newest and Most Unusual Words of Our Time and a co-author of America in So Many Words: Words That Have Shaped America.

***Please also RSVP here by Wednesday, April 25 if you will be attending:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFhsQUJDQlE1Y0dOWWpraUsyS1RKSlE6MQ


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