Nunberg -- Bio
Geoffrey Nunberg (BA, Columbia; MA,
Penn; PhD, CUNY) is an adjunct full professor at the School of
Information at the University of California at Berkeley. Until 2001, he was a principal scientist at the Xerox
Palo Alto Research Center, working on the development of linguistic
technologies. He has also taught at UCLA, the University of Rome, and
the University of Naples.
written scholarly books and articles on a range of topics, including
semantics and pragmatics, information access, written language
structure, multilingualism and language policy, and the cultural
implications of digital technologies.
Nunberg is the emeritus chair of the usage panel of the American
Heritage Dictionary and has written on language and other
topics for The Atlantic, The American Prospect, Forbes
ASAP, American Lawyer, and Fortune, and for the Los
Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the San Jose
Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday
and the Week in Review section of the Sunday New York Times. He
also does a regular language commentary on the NPR program "Fresh Air"
and has contributed "letters from America" to the BBC4. He has been the
subject of features and interviews in Fortune, the Harvard
Business Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston
Globe, and Stanford Magazine. He
is a contributor to the blog LanguageLog.
Nunberg's books about language
include The Way
We Talk Now (2001), and the 2004 collection Going
Nucular (PublicAffairs), which was named one of the ten best
nonfiction books of 2004 by Amazon.com and one of the ten best books of
the year by the San Jose Mercury News, and was listed among the
year's best language books by the Boston Globe, the Hartford
Courant, and the Chicago Tribune. His 2006 book 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 (PublicAffairs,
2006) was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington
Monthly. His most recent book is The
Years of Talking Dangerously (PublicAffairs 2009). For his
general writing about language, Nunberg was awarded the Linguistic Society of America's Language and the Public
Interest Award in 2001.
Nunberg has been a expert witness in
a number of legal cases
involving trademarks and other linguistic matters. He was the expert
for the group of American Indians who petitioned the Trademark
Commission to cancel the mark of the Washington Redskins. He also
served as the expert in the American Library Association's legal
challenge of the Children's Internet Protection Act, which mandates the
use of Internet filtering software in all libraries that receive the
publications in linguistics and computational linguistics include The
Linguistics of Punctuation (CSLI-Chicago, 1990); "Indexicality and
Deixis" (Linguistics & Philosophy, 1993); "Idioms" (with
Ivan Sag and Thomas Wasow, Language,
1994); "Transfers of Meaning" (Journal of Semantics,
1995); "Automatic Classification of Genre" (with Hinrich Schütze
and Brett Kessler, ACL, 1997);"The Pragmatics of Deferred Reference"
(in L. Horn and G. Ward, eds., The Handbook of Pragmatics,
Blalckwell, 2003); "Punctuation and Text-Category Indicators (with
Edward Briscoe and Rodney Huddleston, chapter of R. Huddleston
and G. K. Pullum, eds.The Cambridge Grammar of English, Cambridge,
2002); "Authoritativeness Grading, Estimation and Sorting (with
Francine Chen and Ayman Farahat, SIGIR 2002); and "Indexical
Descriptions and Descriptive Indexicals" (in M. Reimer and A.
Bezuidenhout, eds. Descriptions and Beyond, Oxford, 2004).
Nunberg's publications on language
policy and other language topics include "L'Amérique par la
Langue" (Cahiers de Médiologie, 1997); "Lingo Jingo" (The
American Prospect, July, 1997); and "The Persistence of English"
(introduction to the sixth edition of the Norton Anthology of
publications on technology include "The Places of Books in the Age of
Electronic Reproduction" (Representations, 1993), "Will
Libraries Survive?" (The American Prospect, November, 1998);
"Les enjeux linguistiques d'Internet" (Critique Internationale,
1999), "Will the Internet Speak English?" (The American Prospect,
2000), "The Internet Filter Farce" (The American Prospect,
January 1-15, 2001) and the edited collection The Future of the Book
(University of California Press, 1996). He is currently working on
a book about language and civility in public life.