Allan Metcalf interview at Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Thu Jan 3 13:20:37 UTC 2008

Allan Metcalf (executive secretary of the American Dialect Society)
has given an interview to the online language publication put out by
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

It's a good summary of some of the ideas he presents in his book
"Predicting New Words" and might make a good handout for a beginning
language class.

By the way, Thinkmap's publication is consistently even-keeled and a
good entry point into the inner workings of the language trades, the
kind of thing to recommend to a non-academic who is interested in
words, language, lexicography, writing, and so forth. I subscribe. I
have also been interviewed there--you'll probably recognize at least a
dozen names of ADS and DSNA colleagues in the pages, either as authors
of articles or as subjects of interviews.

Grant Barrett
Vice President of Communications and Technology
American Dialect Society
gbarrett at

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