Letters to the Editor SpecGram Vol CLXIX, No 4 Contents Linguistics Nerd Camp—Bethany Carlson

Linguimericks, Etc.
Book ७

When fieldworking in the midwest
It’s advisable to wear a vest
But in busy New York
Where dialects fork
The Sopranos means kevlar is best.
—Col. O. Nihilist


There once was a scholar named Gandhi,
Who studied Sanskrit at Bhiwandi.
To learn phonology
He went down to the sea,
And his consonants ended up sandhi.
—Pete Bleackley


Parvus Jacobus Horner
Sedebat in corner, (edens a Christmas pie)
Inseruit his thumb,
Extrahit a plum,
Clamans, “Quid smart puer am I!”
—P. Ublekkdeaux Meign


Syntacticians in search of new data,
Forayed to some fieldwork locata.
Though the languages there
Had case markers to spare,
They found nary a trace of a θ.
—Morris Swadesh III


There once was a linguist named Shlomo
Who started to study Oromo.
He ended a critic
Of all things Cushitic
And wishes to think of it no mo’.
—Pumptilian Perniquity


Numblemark ordinard dangulates—
Graskily honologimacates;
Empounges trahammary,
Chomskillio­grammary—
Rammative soundenoun­sultingtates!
—Esquiry dis Thasigh




Letters to the Editor
Linguistics Nerd CampBethany Carlson
SpecGram Vol CLXIX, No 4 Contents