Month: March 2015

Trans Day of Visibility (Mar. 31) Masterpost



International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the loss of transgender people to hate crimes, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.

In 2014, the holiday was observed by activists across the world — including in Ireland and in Scotland.

This year, trans people all around the world will be showing their pride by posting selfies, videos and other media. 

#TDOV #TransSelfieDay and #TransDayofVisibility will be used and all of those who fall under the Trans umbrella including but not limited to trans women and men, genderqueer and non-binary folks, all those who are agender, bigender, two-spirit, neutrois, intersex, trans feminine, trans masculine, genderfluid and/or gender non-conforming.

Make sure to use other trans-specific hashtags too.


Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility today! Shout-outs and support if you’re transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, or however you choose to identify! 

Taking a moment to look at those stats is really chilling. I do wish that especially for today, there would be another infographic along with it, though: celebrating the accomplishments, developments, and improvements in trans visibility and rights over recent years! So let’s remember how far we’ve come, as well as where we want to go.


How do our words change on their way out of our mouths? What kinds of rules cover their variation? In this week’s episode, we talk about allomorphy: the way our morphemes change, the types of variation we find in their pronunciation, and the methods that allow us to decide what the underlying morpheme is.

Here’s a return to morphology! You can also watch our first episode on the topic here, and our take on roots and affixes here. Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

New Ling Space ep is up! Assiduous readers may have noticed that although I direct and co-write the show, I’m actually barely involved in the process post-filming, and only see what our art team ateliermuse do with it once it goes up. (Proof of this being my assumption that they picked the thumbnail image, when credit for that goes to Moti! My bad.) 

Anyway, MAD PROPS to the art team this week! I just love it when the finished product, with all their text-on-screen, just clicks together to make something tighter and clearer and significantly cooler than the sum of its parts. 

(and it’s no secret how much I love those blue morpheme potatoes ore nuggets)

Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly then send this to your 10 favorite followers (if you want to that is).


I also got this from tonysquirtle and neonzephyrooc – thank you, guys!! <3;;

But, I, uh, have a severe dislike of myself and extreme inability to take pride in what I do for more than 10 seconds, so I don’t even know how to answer this, ORZ

All of you should do this, because you should all feel good enough about yourself to list 5 things! Don’t be like me, kids! //sweats

Or, we could all say 5 nice things about you, krisrix! Because that’s easier than saying nice things about yourself, for sure. So. 1. You have a killer sense of style. 2. You are always improving and bettering yourself. 3. You don’t take no flak from nobody 4.You have a soft and gentle heart hiding under there, and 5. You’ve got a really nice speaking voice. Legit. 

Aaand because I might as well do it about myself – since I get the feeling that how ridiculously hard this is is kind of the point: 1. I look out for my friends with fervor and tenacity 2. I’m resourceful and usually get the job done 3. I’m pretty good at problem-solving and intellectual puzzles 4. I’m a fairly skilled communicator, and 5. I’m actually trying to Follow My Dreams and make a life for myself that I love, as insane as that is. And those are some things about myself I feel proud of.

Not tagging anyone specifically, but if anybody wants to do this it is both super awkward and probably really good for you! You don’t even need to reblog it. Just write it down and look at it. If you’re anything like me it’ll probably make your skin crawl but also remind you of a few worthwhile things you don’t think about often enough.

it was hard to narrow my list of nice krisrix things down to 5, and hard to find 5 things about myself, so that’s pretty telling about how this stuff works too

The Euphemism Treadmill


So since people really care about language and how we use it, the topic of public language legislation pops up on a pretty regular basis, and it’s gotten a handful of recent media appearances. A couple of weeks ago, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore took up the discussion of policing language…

The Euphemism Treadmill

Second lingwiki, and future events in May, July, and October


The second linguistics Wikipedia editathon is this weekend, March 28-29th! We’ll try to get some peak activity and a google hangout going around 7-10pm US-EDT (Saturday) / 7-10am Singapore time (Sunday) / 11pm-2am UTC, but feel free to participate any time on the weekend that works for you!

Lingwiki time! I’m going to be contributing to this again. I hope a lot of Ling Spacers join in! 😀

Second lingwiki, and future events in May, July, and October


How do we define vowel sounds? What are all the different vowels we can make? In this week’s episode, we return to the International Phonetic Alphabet to look at vowels: what parameters we use to define them, what variation we see across languages, and some ways we can play with them to create more categories of sound.

We definitely had fun making this one, and we hope you like it! Looking forward to hearing what you all think. ^_^

Brand new episode! I’ve gotta say, one of my favourite things about this one is the thumbnail the graphics team picked. How did they find one where Moti’s doing the same gesture as Cony on his t-shirt!