Here in the editorial chambers of SpecGram we have often debated the age-
The answers to these questions are either exhilarating or depressing, depending on whether or not you’ve just spent an entire day trying to edit your latest paper to satisfy an anonymous reviewer who didn’t give clear evidence of having grasped the main point (or particularly of being a linguist to begin with), and who felt that half of your sentences were too long.
And that’s just the point, isn’t it? Answers are not reliably encouraging to us as linguists. It’s questions that we find fascinating.
Therefore, the Editors of SpecGram do hereby performatively propose that all linguistics journals follow our lead and give up printing purported answers to linguistic questions. Let’s all just stick to rephrasing, clarifying, and generally delighting in, the questions.
That’s probably enough to keep us busy, and for sure it’s enough to keep us all happy. Very happy indeed.
Don’t you agree?