Google Charts – Motion Chart

Google’s free Motion Charts maker was cool when it came out and is still cool, yet underused! While they would, of course, be overkill in some situations, in other situations these motion charts convey your data and the story your data tell like nothing else out there. Great for presentations.

Motion Chart

See EXAMPLE of motion chart HERE, GALLERY of types of charts available HERE (Google does whatever kind of chart you need, not just the motion chart, though I stick with Excel, myself) and example of the motion chart being used in a well-known TED talk HERE.


IPA Character Picker


Don’t waste your time searching for IPA characters in MSWord’s “insert symbol”. They’re all here, at the IPA Character Picker website, conveniently laid out in the chart we linguists are familiar with.

Thank you, Richard Ishida, for making this and letting us use it for free!

MICASE (Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English)

ELIMICASE is a sizeable (“nearly 1.8 million words”) corpus of spoken, academic English. It may not be the biggest corpus around, and the website doesn’t offer fancy tools like COCA does, but what’s great about it is that you can be SO SPECIFIC about the speaker and context. When you run a search, you can choose the gender, age, academic position/role, native speaker status and first language of the speakers, and also the context: Speech Event Type, Academic Division, Academic Discipline,  and “Interactivity Rating” (e.g. monologic vs. highly interactive.” Also, for some of it, you can even LISTEN to the data. Thanks, alma mater!

Foxit PDF Reader

I’ve been using Foxit PDF Reader (think “free full version of Adobe”) for years now. Though they recently changed it so that it has a bit of (in my opinion) bloat (e.g. unnecessary features, crowded toolbars), and I’m still getting used to the new interface, it’s still probably the best option for academics who want a program that lets them not just read but highlight, use comment bubbles, and write on PDFs. (It doesn’t mention that in the list of features, but, yes, it does all that).