In “TLAs DOA? TBD!”, author Claude SPP trots out the VTC of TLAs leading to the DEEL. IMO, TLAs, 2LAs, FLAs and even 5+LAs are AOK b/c they improve the RoC for TITK. FWIW, DOE research shows the EOE, IIRC. Of course, IANAL and YMMV.
* That was very hard to follow, but we think you actually proved the opposite of what you set out to prove.
I’ve been meaning to write since I first read Vére Çélen’s fine article The Quotta and the Quottiod. The subtitle, “Punctuation Designed for Linguists, by Linguists” got me thinking
In particular, our historical (if not personal) experience with maintaining distinctions between typographically overlapping orthographic, phonemic, and phonetic symbols, dealing with use versus mention, and handling interlinear transcriptions/
One of the most pressing issues of the day is what I call “Google quotes”. When telling someone what search terms to use in an internet search engine, it is difficult to properly indicate whether to include quotes in the search. Searching for Speculative Grammarian is different from searching for "Speculative Grammarian". Of course, in that example, I used italics, but that is not always an available option.
The most obvious solution, to me, is something like /Speculative Grammarian/ or ["Speculative Grammarian"]. I prefer the slashes to the brackets, since they seem to be somewhat less polysemous.
You have come up with a grand suggestion, we think. We don’t really fully understand the interweb thing, but it sounds nice. Our records indicate that we actually thought of this very same thing back in 1974 when many of our more senior editors were consulting with the NSA on certain free-
Slashes are the proper form to use, and their proper name, in such usage, is SpecGrammackets©®. (Turns out we invented so-
Dear Speculative Grammarians,
Homeopathic medicine is all the rage right now, with its talk of “proving”, increasingly puissant “powers” of dilution, vibrations, and whatnot. The generally gullible public, unaware or unwilling to believe that it is all bunk, has fallen for the homeopathic spiel
It seems to me that we, as linguists
Some first thoughts: the best scientific theories of the day indicate that homeopathic medicine, if it works at all, works through the placebo effect. Using of a touch of verbal judo to bring some New Age Native American fetishism into the mix, we could attribute this inarguably powerful source of healing
While I believe that this approach could net its practitioners oodles of cold hard cash, startup costs for initial promotion are prohibitive. That is why I have written to such fine and respected scholars as yourselves; “SpecGram Brand Linguopathic Medicine” would instantly have a sense of gravitas, authenticity, and trustworthiness that few other brands could muster.
Please respond to my proposal at your earliest convenience.
The lure of “oodles of cold hard cash” is hard to resist, so we are making your proposal public, to ensure that we are never tempted to yield to it. While we do believe that your scheme may be an effective money-
But using linguistics to make money?! What gall! Who do you think we are? A bunch of Deborah Tannens and Steven Pinkers? Never! The field is built primarily on the three pillars of hard work, clever analysis, and financial sacrifice (if not outright financial ruin and destitution).
I was glad to read Wells-Jensen’s recent article on A Braille Orthography for tlhIngan. As it is with blind Klingons, so it is with blind Kzinti: “It is unwise to anger these warriors lest one find oneself suddenly alone in a darkened corridor with a very serious problem.”
Our understanding of the Kzinti language has grown substantially since the old days. As previously noted, the Kzinti script is apparently “designed for inscribing messages into the flesh of defeated adversaries with a Kzin claw,” and as such parallels Wells-Jensen’s description of writing Klingon Braille on skin. Recent discoveries have revealed that in fact blind Kzin use the standard Kzinti script in the same way blind Klingons use tlhIngan Braille. The parallel evolution is intriguing.
As a Vulcan friend of ours was wont to say, “Fascinating.”
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-