Words matter! Merriam-Webster to update their definition of racism

A Missouri woman asked Merriam-Webster to update its definition of racism and now officials will make the change


Mitchum – a recent law school graduate – said she hopes the vocabulary change helps people have more productive conversations about race. She said she appreciated them taking her concerns seriously and talking through the issue.

job: Project Manager – Linguistics (Appen)

Appen collects and labels data used to build and continuously improve the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems. With expertise in more than 180 languages, a global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors, and the industry’s most advanced annotation platform, Appen works with leading companies and governments worldwide. We’re looking for experienced linguists to lead teams of annotators and help process language data for conversational understanding technologies . You are the right candidate if you know that language data is the underpinning of all current language technologies, you love practical language analysis as well as theoretical, you’re quick to learn new processes and respond quickly to changing client needs, you enjoy setting goals and tracking progress, and you are an experienced leader of linguists. Start date: As soon as possible working remotely; date to move onsite: TBD Duration: 40 hours weekly through the calendar year Benefits: available based on role location S uccessful candidates must be able to work full-time at client sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. General Responsibilities • Support Linguist Leads and their teams in the production of high-quality data • Collaborate with the client on best practices for the collection and processing of data • Oversee quality control and data delivery • Ensure effective and efficient project execution • Act as the main contact for the client on all aspects of project execution Specific Duties • Set goals for Linguist Leads on annotation projects in conjunction with the client • Provide data management expertise to client researchers, engineers, and linguists • Understand client tools for data annotation, data storage, and quality evaluation • Train Linguist Leads on the use of tools and best practices • Design pilot studies to determine the efficacy of new label sets and annotation conventions • Decide on quality standards and metrics in consultation with the client • Provide regular reports to the Program Manager on delivery against project goals • Guide Linguist Leads in their duties and evaluate their progress Qualifications • Advanced degree in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, or related field • Strong background in project management • Experience in statistical analysis and experimental design • Collaborative and solution-oriented attitude • Eagerness to learn new skills and adapt to a changing environment • Strong problem solving and analytical skills • Interest and experience in various areas of linguistics, including pragmatics, semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and field work • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically Preferred Qualifications • Fluency in two or more natural languages • Experience with basic programming techniques and familiarity with languages such as Java, Python, PHP, Perl, and C# • Experience using version control systems such as Git and Mercurial We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

job: social science research internship – Knology


NOTE – Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are not hiring for this position at this time, but we are still accepting applications. We do not yet know when the position will be reopened.

Location: 40 Exchange Pl. Suite 1403 New York, NY 10005

To apply: Please submit résumé and cover letter to Laura Tietjen, jobs@knology.org

About You

Are you endlessly curious and do you enjoy learning? Do you like to ask big questions about society’s biggest problems and imagine a better way? Do you thrive in collaborative teams? Are you interested in thinking with a social science lens – particularly in learning how people make decisions, feel the way they do, and work with other people? Do you have a positive outlook and like to laugh about quirky things? Are you excited about working with people from many backgrounds and with different opinions? What about working alongside a few office dogs? If the answer is YES, you might be a great social science intern at Knology!

About Knology

Knology is a collective of over 30 scientists, writers, and educators dedicated to using research to untangle complex social issues. Equity, transparency, and deliberation are the foundation of our work process, and we respect the unique perspectives of each member of our team. These perspectives are informed by our team’s range of personal, professional, and academic experience in fields such as cognitive science, linguistic anthropology, human rights education, political science, and conservation psychology We work closely with partners who do critical, on-the-ground work so we can build our studies around the understanding that no issue exists in isolation from social and environmental contexts. As a result, we can better develop practical approaches to thorny problems. Across all of our work, we are committed to sharing our data and results.


In addition to the About You questions (above), there are a few more things we need. Candidates should:

  • Have completed at least three years of an undergraduate degree, preferably graduated or in a master’s program; and
  • Have the ability to work in our New York City office.

Prior experience with social science research, transcription, qualitative and/or statistical data analysis, data visualization, and report writing would be great, but not required.

Expected Responsibilities

Interns at Knology normally contribute to social science research, transcription, data analysis, data visualization, and report writing. Interns are considered part of the team and are actively invited to join meetings, learn about all of our work, and participate in project work. Interns are expected to work a minimum 16 hours during the workweek, anywhere from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The schedule can be flexible to suit other work and school demands.

Expected Benefits

Interns gain a great deal of skill in applied research, often contributing to advancement of their area of study and learning principles alongside experts in the field. They refine their skills in research design, research methods, and inference development from findings. Interns will also have the opportunity for co-authorship on publications.

Book Discussion: Say The Wrong Thing

Interview with Dr. Amanda Kemp: Say the Wrong Thing - YouTube

Join us for a book club discussion of Dr. Amanda Kemp’s excellent book in which she shares stories and strategies for racial justice and authentic community. It’s a very quick read – I listened to it on Audible and it’s narrated by the author. It’s just about 2 hours, and it is straight from the H.E.A.R.T.

Hold space for transformation: Practice unconditional acceptance of what is and who is.
Express yourself: Share from the heart.
Act with intention: Take action even if it is imperfect.
Reflect on yourself: Cultivate self‐awareness.
Trust the process: Let yourself and others be uncomfortable. Be gentle with yourself as you grow.

Her message is one we linguists can get behind: there will be miscommunication and misunderstanding as we move towards healing, but we need to stay in this conversation! The time is now to do the work of nurturing and expanding our community as we move away from the “Lie of Separation” – as Dr. Kemp puts it – and into an intimate conversation about race that expands our understanding and our hearts.

When: Thursday, June 11th at 11:00 am PDT / 2pm EDT

Where: https://zoom.us/j/5272755568

And here’s a great review of the book in Friends Journal!

(remote) internship oppy

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at the intersection of scholarly communications, science policy, & science diplomacy:

Work with the ASCB

The DORA Internship is an opportunity for individuals with an interest in scholarly communications, science policy, and science diplomacy. The intern will gain first-hand experience working for an international non-profit initiative. The internship is a remote part-time position (15- 20 hours per week; $20 per hour) for a period of 6-7 months. The intern will report to the DORA program director. All degree levels, including recent graduates and currently enrolled students, are encouraged to apply.

Career Camp starts this Friday (campfires Fridays in June)

Career Camp was designed by Anna Marie Trester, Career Linguist, author of Bringing Linguistics to Work. Together, we take stock of where we are, where we have been, and where we are going through story.

Think of it as stargazing. Five weeks of story listening, finding, and telling generate points that orient you for the next steps of your career journey!

To sign up now – put Career Camp into your basket on my booking page here

For more info, and to help me spread the word: Career Camp backgrounder

Questions? Contact Career Linguist

Jobs at Appen in: Hmong, Yucatec Maya, and Querétaro Otomi

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For folks looking to get some experience in tech under their belts, and have the ability to work in the below languages, consider one of these opportunities at Appen:

Career Interviews (with Linguists!) on Linguamonium!

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Wugs going to work – love this!!

Delighted to have stumbled upon a new series of interviews with career linguists on Linguamonium, a blog from Hannah Van Brunt!

Loyal fans may remember Hannah from the conversations around the campfire series: where she talked about her work as a Linguist on the Bixby Voice team at Samsung, Research Assistant on the FrameNet project, English Instructor at San Quentin, and as a bartender and fiction writer.

On her blog, she features a conversation with a project manager (my very favorite application of a linguist’s skills and training to talk about)! Interview with a project manager and an always valuable answer to the question: “what is linguistics and what do linguists do?”

I’m looking forward to following her blogging adventures!

Mighty Network Open House

Join us to learn all about the CL Mighty

Wed, May 6th at 4pm pst / 7pm est

on zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/5272755568

Experience the benefit of participation in a community of linguists who are all bringing linguistics to their work

Your professional network can be a tremendous source of support, inspiration, and knowledge. Networks help you quickly get plugged in with resources for problem-solving as you tackle unanticipated professional challenges and questions. They are also a powerful mechanism for creating and sharing opportunities.

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Career Camp Reunion

With the close of the spring edition of Career Camp, it’s reunion time again!!

Welcome anyone who has participated in Career Camp over the years!  Pop in, say hi, let us know what you have been up to these days and come and hear what everyone else is doing!

Friday, May 1  at 1pm pdt / 4pm edt

on zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/5272755568

Feeling FOMO? You too can be a happy camper –

the summer 2020 edition of Career Camp starts on May 29th
(campfires will be Fridays in June)