Linguistics Nerd Camp—Bethany Carlson SpecGram Vol CLXXV, No 4 Contents Minimalism for Mimes—Watta Puntshlein

Linguimericks, Etc.
Book २९

There once was a man from Ascension
Who was a world-class syntactician
But when he tried morphology
His reductionism was too heavy
So now he is nothing but a phonetician.
—Jouni Maho


Language and Word trashed some research
Of mine that they said would just besmirch
The state of the art
And make to lose heart
The laity of the Chomskyan high church.
—Pumptilian Perniquity


There are languages made without sound,
And these, we’ve discovered, abound.
For each Deaf community
Strengthens its unity
By sharing its language around.
—Dr. Whom


The hazard of writing a triolet
While riding in a cabriolet,
Is each bump in the road
Spills an inky load,
Thus staining my trousers with violet.
—Pete Bleackley


How it parses is a mystery
Of the syntax. Unresolved: the stress,
Cadence, repeatschanged its history
How? It parses! Is a mystery
Thus perforce a source of obloquy?
“Buffalo...” is not the clear success
“How it parses” is. A mystery
Of the syntax unresolved! The stress!
—Chaz Tushka


Binding? C-command?
Immediate dominance?
Linguists are kinky!
—Lauren Ipsum




Linguistics Nerd CampBethany Carlson
Minimalism for MimesWatta Puntshlein
SpecGram Vol CLXXV, No 4 Contents