L to R: Vanderlei Martins, Christine Mallinson, and Dinah Winnick. Panel session on communicating about research to the media, as part of the “From Advancement Office to Advancement Community” plenary session at the 2018 UMBC university retreat. Photo credit: Marlayna Demond for UMBC.
Selected Media Appearances
In this article in The Atlantic, I talk about our choice to give our children my last name within the sociolinguistic context of surnaming traditions in the U.S.
In this article in National Geographic Kids, I talk about how kids are naturally delighted with language, and how their creativity helps create their families’ unique lingo.
In this article in Outside magazine, I discuss the sociolinguistic history of the Delmarva peninsula.
In this article in the Washington Post, I weigh in on the FAA’s new recommendations to adopt gender-neutral language, such as ‘uncrewed’ for ‘unmanned’ and ‘human-made’ for ‘man-made’.
In this article in National Geographic, I weigh in on how kids get creative with language and how this is good for learning and social development.
In this article in Curious Kids, a series in The Conversation in which academic experts answer real questions from real kids, I explain why accents exist and how they tell us something about who we are.
In this article in Quartz, I explain feminist reactions to ‘you guys’ and give my take on the cultural and linguistic promise of the word y’all, as well as potential challenges to its widespread adoption.
I am honored to be featured as the linguist of the month for the Linguistic Society of America‘s August 2018 member spotlight. “Being open to insights from outside our discipline can give us important historical, cultural, and social knowledge that is necessary for putting information about language into broader social and cultural context,” says Christine Mallinson, this month’s featured LSA member.
I was interviewed for this article in Business Insider about the language of microaggressions, including some common phrases that can be used to transmit everyday slights and unconscious biases in the workplace. The piece received additional coverage in Business Insider (2020), Reader’s Digest (2020), and Marie Claire (2021).
When a Maryland expat moves to Montana, he takes his accent with him! This article for the Atlantic considers the issue of how former Baltimore/Queen Anne’s resident and current Montana Republican U.S. Senate contender Matt Rosendale pronounces the name of his adopted home state.
I’m honored to be profiled as part of the “Coffee with Parents” series on Baltimore’s (cool) progeny blog. In the article, I talk about my own family history and my research on linguistic diversity, in education and in Baltimore.
I am honored to be a part of this Baltimore Sun multimedia feature story on Baltimore language change. The feature includes the news article as well as a short video in which I weigh in on language variation in the city, plus an interactive lexicon.
In this April 2013 interview on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and hosted on the NPR Code Switch Blog, I talk about Baltimore adolescents’ use of ‘yo’ as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun–an unusual and interesting linguistic innovation in American English.