The picture on the cover of the last issue is misplaced. It should come immediately after the first page.
Dear Prof. Wackernagel,
We disagree. The gentleman in question is phonologically independent.
I’m not sure I understand what’s going on with Jonathan van der Meer and Lagâri Hasan Çelebi’s discussion of time travel in “Hidden Secrets of Alphapointillism”, or Chanelle Tuggle’s follow up letter to the editor and her “Marr asks us” anagram.
The picture uncovered by van der Meer and Çelebi is not Whorf or Marr. It is clearly Rasmus Rask. Note also that the title of Seubscript’s work, “rkasmsursa”, is an anagram of Rasmus Rask! No time travel, no Soviet linguists, no conspiracies, just simple Alphapointillism.
Italian Alphapointillist Museum
Marina Di Carrara, Italy
We don’t really need any more of your whack-
I can’t help but find Leon Mikhailovsky’s ‘Distant Experience Principle’ (DEP) in “Cultural Constraints on Aharip Grammar” a little too simplistic. It doesn’t really give a holistic account for the “absence of any grammatical structures lacking recursion”.
I propose instead the ‘Distance Experience Recursive Principle’ (DERP), which neatly encapsulates all the relevant explanatory information without really explaining anything, packaged in a vastly superior acronym.
Herbert Aitch Herpolsheimer
Halitosis, Hessen, Hermania
We like your improved principle. It builds vacuously on a meaningless foundation; that’s the best kind of linguistics (or at least the most rewarded
However, you haven’t taken enough credit. Clearly your principle should be named after you: The Herpolsheimer DERP Principle
Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-