Are you fascinated by how language works? Have you been stuck at home for months feeling like every week is the same? Here’s a week of fun pop linguistics events for you! 

LingFest is a program of online linguistics events aimed at a general audience, taking place between Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, May 2, 2021. Just as a fringe festival compiles a list of independently-organized events on a particular theme, LingFest is an excuse for linguistics communicators to organize an online event, a way for fans to meet fellow linguistics enthusiasts (use #lingfest), and a handy way to find out about more lingcommers who you might want to start following! 

We’ll be listing events on this page, with each event creator managing their own ticketing and platform. Know a lingcommer not on this list yet? Ping them on social media and ask them if they’re planning something! 

If you would like to find out about events happening as part of LingFest, fill out this form to sign up for a limited number of emails when the program is finalised.

If you would like to submit an event, meetup, or show, fill out this form.

There are no fees to submit an event for LingFest. You can set up your show using your preferred platform, and run it as any combination of paid/free/patreon/donation ticketing. Note that we reserve the right to reach out for clarification if it’s not evident how your event is a) related to linguistics and b) suitable for the general public.

Announced schedule

More events coming soon!

Lingthusiasm liveshow

Saturday, April 24, 2021
6pm EDT

The Listener Talks Back – A Lingthusiasm liveshow about backchannelling 

In our first virtual liveshow, Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne give listeners the chance to talk back to us and each other while we get enthusiastic about the linguistics of the words and sounds and gestures (and emoji!) that people make to show that we’re listening, such as “uh huh” and 👍 and nodding. 

This show is for Lingthusiasm patrons at any level: go to to become a patron and get access to the livestream video link with live captions in English.

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