I leave tomorrow to give a paper at the University of California/San Diego. Two or three times a year I get invited to come tell people about my work in linguistics, and I always accept because it’s a way to stay in the academic loop and talk to people with similar interests and new perspectives.
This particular talk is about the way children learn stereotypes from animated film, but I’ve talked about a lot of different areas of my research, from legal issues to real estate. Really. To give you an idea of what I’m doing this time, here’s a chart from the first edition of English with an Accent based on an analysis of characters with speaking roles in Disney animated films that came out before 1998. Proof positive: I am an academic nerd. Click for a somewhat less fuzzy image.