Hello! My name is Joe Kessler. I'm a 25-year-old grad student, studying linguistics at the University at Buffalo in upstate New York. I grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, and I went to college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
I am pro-diversity in all domains, and I am a regular advocate for acceptance and celebration of linguistic variation. Not sure what that means? Feel free to ask me anything, or check out my blog on the subject.
(I tend to answer all questions publicly, so if you'd prefer a private response sent to your inbox, please let me know when you ask.)
I am an enthusiastic fan of many things, in particular Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Band Perry, and Welcome to Night Vale. (A complete list of my TV fandoms, which show up the most on this blog, can be found here.) I am also a lifelong bookworm, and my favorite authors include Stephen R. Donaldson, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King.
Thanks for visiting my Tumblr, and I hope you enjoy your stay!
Gonna warn you, there’s some questionable linguistics in the show - every now and again it just made me hit my head on a table. But mostly pretty awesome.
I don’t think I’ve seen a representation of fictional linguistics that gets it exactly right yet. But I’ll take representation over accuracy any day. (Or, any day when I have to choose between them, at least!)
I figure, if you show more linguistics in the media, more kids will get inspired to study the field in school, which will lead to more linguists in the wider population, which will lead in time to better accuracy in its portrayal in the media. Everybody wins!