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Geoffrey Nunberg
Geoffrey Nunberg
(born June 1, 1945) is an American linguist, researcher and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Nunberg has taught at Stanford University
Stanford University
and served as a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
from the mid-1980s to 2000. Interests and writing[edit]

Nunberg talking with Juliette Powell
Juliette Powell
at a conference in 2012

As a linguist, he is best known for his work on lexical semantics, in particular on the phenomena of polysemy, deferred reference and indexicality. He has also written extensively about the cultural and social implications of new technologies. Nunberg's criticisms of the metadata of Google Books ignited widespread a controversy among librarians and scholars.[1] [2] Nunberg is a frequent contributor to the collective blog Language Log. Nunberg has been commenting on language, usage, and society for National Public Radio's Fresh Air
Fresh Air
program since 1988. His commentaries on language also appear frequently in The New York Times
The New York Times
and other publications. He is the emeritus chair of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel. His books for general audiences include The Way We Talk
Talk
Now: Commentaries on Language and Culture from NPR's Fresh Air, Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Controversial Times,[3] Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show, and The Years of Talking Dangerously (2009). His latest book Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years was published in August 2012. The critic Malcolm Jones described Nunberg's method in that book as follows: "His means of studying the problem is utterly fresh: take a word, and the attitudes behind it and see where they came from and what they might say about us.[4] References[edit]

^ Miller, Laura (September 9, 2009). "The Trouble with Google Books". Salon.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012.  ^ Reisz, Matthew (December 8, 2011). "Catalog of Errors?". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ Nunberg, Geoffrey (2004). Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Controversial Times (1st ed.). New York: PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1-58648-234-3. OCLC 54001475. Retrieved July 9, 2011.  ^ Reisz, Matthew (August 17, 2012). "'Ascent of the A-Word:' The Beauty of the Indispensable Vulgarity". DailyBeast.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 

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Nunberg's website The Persistence of English—an essay by Nunberg regarding the diversity and unity of the English language
English language
through its history (PDF) Wikipedia: Blessing or Curse?, Fresh Air
Fresh Air
commentary, June 5, 2007 (audio) A Wiki's as Good as a Nod, Fresh Air
Fresh Air
commentary, June 5, 2007 (transcript) Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: The Nunberg Error at the Wayback Machine (archived February 5, 2012) (2006) Geoffrey Nunberg
Geoffrey Nunberg
on IMDb Google Books: The Metadata
Metadata
Mess, a slide presentation from the Google Book Settlement Conf at UC Berkeley on 28 August 2009 Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Counting on Google Books, article in The Chronicle of Higher Education

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