You have before you a Special Retrospective Issue of Speculative Grammarian. How did that happen?
Well, I said to myself one day, “Y’know, self, it’s a lot of hard work putting together an issue of SpecGram. I think we need a break. How about we just re-run a bunch of old articles and see if anyone notices?” And my self replied, “Gee, self, that doesn’t seem like the right thing to do. What about an issue highlighting some of the best articles from years gone by?” “Well, self, that would be a fine thing to do
So, despite the laziest of intentions, you have before you a Special Retrospective Issue of Speculative Grammarian, in which we have (mostly) short reviews of (mostly) some of the best articles that are at least five years old. Old readers of SpecGram will have a chance to revisit some nearly-
I’d also like to point out that the SpecGram website also features the complete Archives of SpecGram, The Journal of the Linguistic Society of South-
Now, to properly kick off this Special Retrospective Issue, I thought it would be nice to review some of SpecGram’s history.
For the longest time, it was generally believed that Speculative Grammarian was founded by Petrus Hispanus, one of the original speculative grammarians, in 1276, shortly after he became Pope John XXI. Only relatively recently were we legally able/
The journal’s early legal troubles were not, alas, an isolated incident. There was the retirement feast of Viðskeyti Framburðardottir in 1402, which led to the creation of the Voynich Manuscript; Tad von Thessperpool’s Austrian Phoneme Dutch-
Despite the amazing amount of ground-
Eventually SpecGram found its way to the semi-
It’s a crazy story, but it is ours. It all makes sense. It is all true. Even the seemingly contradictory bits. Every word is true.
Now, let’s take a look back at some of the most restrospectable articles from years gone by.