This week’s issue of East Bay Express (a local alternative newspaper) features a piece on the controversies surrounding Google Books, mentioning none other than “linguist Geoff Nunberg.”
Like George Lakoff and John McWhorter, Nunberg is a member of that exotic and improbable specie — a celebrity linguist; he’s written numerous books and has a regular guest spot on NPR’s Fresh Air. At the conference, he pointed out, in amusing and devastating detail, yet another problem with Google’s Book archive: it’s riddled with mistakes.
Language Log readers will be familiar with commentary on this topic.
PS, much as it’s nice to get two other current/past Berkeley folk mentioned as celebs… Chomsky? Pinker? Henry Higgins?