Anne Curzan gave a well-attended talk with Ben Zimmer [link:] called "Educating the Educated: Talking Linguistics in the News Media" at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society in Minneapolis, MN in January 2014



Linguists are rightly troubled by the widely held misperceptions about language variation and change in public circulation; and many are concerned about the difficulty linguists have experienced  countering those beliefs with linguistically-informed perspectives. In the format of “lessons learned,” we present our experiences writing for The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and the blog Lingua Franca and appearing as experts on various National Public Radio shows. We reflect on reader/listener feedback and provide advice to scholars interested in participating actively in public conversations about American dialects and language change.