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TheLeaper is a sociolinguist. TheLeaper is here to contribute linguistics knowledge to Wikipedia through participating in WikiProject Linguistics and through work in the classes they teach. TheLeaper is also a fan of classical and symphonic music, following the work of contemporary composers of symphonic band music. TheLeaper speaks some Dutch and some Spanish and has done translation work from these languages. TheLeaper is learning their heritage language Manx Gaelic and is attempting to contribute Manx knowledge to Wikipedia.
Main Expertise Areas
TheLeaper is a linguist (specifically a sociolinguist) and a scholarly communications professional. The Leaper has a lot of knowledge about things like language archives and data sources, and loves to share linguistic study with the world in an accessible way.
TheLeaper is also a musician and loves volunteer music ensembles. TheLeaper has participated in a number of community and volunteer music groups. TheLeaper plays a large, loud brass instrument.
- 2011: TheLeaper's first Wikipedia edit EVER was to create a page for Georgs Pelēcis because Latvian composers need some love.
- TheLeaper then went a long time before doing anything on Wikipedia besides reading it.
- 2016: TheLeaper participated in WikiProject Linguistics at the Linguistic Society of America meeting and spent the whole time editing the Tag Questions article.
- TheLeaper met some folks from WikiEDU and got a great idea to use Wikipedia as a class assignment.
- Then, TheLeaper realized that many great resources for linguistic study are nowhere to be found on Wikipedia and has embarked on a mission to share them. The current project is connecting endangered and minority language articles to relevant language archives, e.g. AILLA.
- TheLeaper still finds the occasional classical and symphonic music article that doesn't exist or needs an update and returns to their music roots, working off of the Classical Composers Request List.
- 2016: TheLeaper is helping to organize the Pittsburgh Wikipedia Redd-up-a-thon as part of Open Access Week.
- 2017: TheLeaper returned to WikiProject Linguistics at the Linguistic Society of America meeting and made several edits, notably to Alphabet soup (linguistics).
- 2017: TheLeaper volunteered at the Art+Feminism Pittsburgh edit-a-thon at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and contributed with the pages Josephine Starrs and Marijke Abels.
- 2019: TheLeaper is an event coordinator for the UN Year of Indigenous Languages Wikipedia edit-a-thons.
- Andrea Berez-Kroeker (2017)
- Marijke Abels (2017) (Translated from WikipediaNL)
- Josephine Starrs (2017)
- Jerry Brubaker (2017)
- East Winds Symphonic Band (2016)
- Jan George Bertelman (2016) (Translated from WikipediaNL)
- Adriaan Bonsel (2016) (Translated from WikipediaNL)
- Alan Raph (2016) (Translated from WikipediaNL)
- Georgs Pelēcis (2011)
Wikipedians met IRL by TheLeaper
- TheLeaper is currently co-organizing a distributed Edit-a-thon-a-thon, including both remote and satellite events, for the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages. Check out our campaign.