Language, as Spoken by Linguists
A Letter from the Managing Editor
Taking a cue from the phenomenal success1 of the series of
specials entitled Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, the editors of Speculative Grammarian had been pretty pleased to present Breaking the Linguist’s Code: Linguistics’ Weirdest Conference Quotes Finally Revealed. Then we thought about it for another eight seconds and realized that was the least catchy title we’d heard since The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory.2 So we’ve settled on the more sedate title, Language, as Spoken by Linguists, though the collection is still brought to you by The Masked Linguist.3
Language, as Spoken by Linguists|
In response to a question about the cultural homogeneity of the test group: “The subjects had spent at least two years in Central Pennsylvania, which basically obliterates whatever cultural background they had.”
In any event, the SpecGram editorial board has dipped into one of its special discretionary accounts in order to fund a special secret mission by an undercover editorial quote collector, to highlight the amusing, intriguing, and unexpected ways in which language is used by linguists. Sprinkled throughout this issue are actual quotes collected in the wild at linguistics conferences. Speakers’ names have been omitted to protect the guilty. Enjoy!4
1 You’ve seen the show, right? Right?
2 You’ve read the book, right? Right?
3 That’s clever, right? Right?
4 You’re enjoying it so far, right? Right?
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