[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Re: Linguistics-related comics from xkcd

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Fri Nov 14 08:23:23 UTC 2014

After a couple more linguistics-related XKCD comics recently, I've made a publicly 
accessible Google Doc listing them all -- which I can just update in future, as and 
when more come along: http://goo.gl/1Kq2k2. Please share :)


Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://swansea.academia.edu/DaveSayers

On 25/08/2013 20:53, Dave Sayers wrote:
> Friends, colleagues, peers, assorted strangers...
> What did you do with your weekend? I see, I see... Well, personally, I spent my
> weekend re-reading every strip of my favourite webcomic, xkcd.com, and picking out
> all the ones that relate to linguistics! And so I present to you the list I have
> amassed, for your delectation, and possible integration into lectures:
> http://xkcd.com/37/ (syntax!)
> http://xkcd.com/84/ (national language ideology, US specifically)
> http://xkcd.com/114/ (with apologies to computational linguists!)
> http://xkcd.com/145/ (standard language ideologies)
> http://xkcd.com/148/ (ditto)
> http://xkcd.com/166/ (language change)
> http://xkcd.com/174/ (grammar)
> http://xkcd.com/243/ (sociolinguistic interviews / formality)
> http://xkcd.com/326/ (grammar / standard language ideologies)
> http://xkcd.com/451/ (linguistics generally, but especially useful for me in Finland!)
> http://xkcd.com/529/ (language acquisition)
> http://xkcd.com/739/ (linguistic innovations?)
> http://xkcd.com/762/ (rhetoric)
> http://xkcd.com/771/ (language change / historical linguistics)
> http://xkcd.com/798/ (corpus linguistics, NSFW)
> http://xkcd.com/1007/ (corpus linguistics, SFW)
> http://xkcd.com/1010/ (etymology)
> http://xkcd.com/1108/ (semantics / language change / standard language ideologies --
> particularly topical given the recent silly-season broohaha over 'literally', e.g.
> http://goo.gl/zi1O9y)
> Also note: every xkcd strip comes with an extra caption which appears when you hover
> the mouse over it. That doesn't really copy into Powerpoint so well, but they work
> just fine without.
> xkcd.com has a new strip every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; they're generally very
> good regardless of relevance to linguistics, but sometimes there's some excellent
> lecture material. I'd strongly recommend adding it to your information diet.
> Ok that's everything. You. Are. Welcome. ^_^
> Dave
> --
> Dr. Dave Sayers
> Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
> Visiting Lecturer (2013-14), Dept English, University of Turku, Finland
> dave.sayers at cantab.net
> http://swansea.academia.edu/DaveSayers
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