1. Impeach vet, doormat, in order preferred by many historical linguists (2 words)
10. Old English briefly interrupted by 500 in lyric poem
11. You, me, slops, higgledypiggledy, with multiple meanings
12. Greek letter, Roman numeral, distilled spirit make up simplified variety
13. Like some consonants, about (or on) American League
15. Dash type holds flower, as Gothic branch of Germanic
17. Bell’s ratified listener hiding in Saudi torpedo
19. Alias noun in Ghanaian (& Ivory Coast) language
20. I regain unusual former colony where Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba are main native languages
22. Acronym for modern writing system as classic 102
23. Fail to keep up with author claiming peasant men can’t get wives? Just the reverse!
24. Spoken command to do needlework, like an -eme in linguistics?
25. Endless fuss over object complement part of sentence with new or contrastive information
27. Man holding me could be independent, as clauses go
28. Machines not in, reformed into abstract knowledge structure stored in memory
30. Coal in gala processed in type of historical change
32. Hoppy beer style in short system for transcription
34. No more Anglican physical therapy, I (old Norse) without, like, sound change (supposedly)
36. Species much on time taken apart to create groups sharing linguistic norms (2 words)
1. Newer approach using real-
2. He did, smelling foul; saw Great Vowel Shift (2 words)
3. Stark into a jumble in German term distinguishing, e.g., activities from states.
4. Optimality theory returns for photo that is commented on
5. Wedding speech act is offshoot of Esperanto
6. Unravel ravel for ends of Greek, e.g.
7. ¿Sun’s no más? Wrong: uncountably many (2 words)
8. Junta, militia, or army camouflaging Dravidian language
9. I yodel as Narcissus jumps around, studying what speakers do in conversation (2 words)
14. Covert agent, or flipper of truth value
16. Nun aura askew in palindromic Oceanic language
17. Professional organization AKA Paul, oddly
18. Broken wit is another name for 19 Across
21. One (a noun), like Roma expert Hancock or phoneticist Maddieson, e.g.
26. In favor of no worldwide legislative body, it is, e.g.
27. Me? Sick alien? No, a French Indo-
29. A university multiplies to help give TMA info, briefly
31. As an agent must do, a hundred times
33. A good English sociolinguistic variable?
35. Prolific semiotician sounds like he’s repeating himself
Like other cryptic crosswords, the clues in this puzzle are not straightforward. Unlike most, however, this one focuses mainly on languages and linguistics. For instance, the clue for Zapotec might be “Oto-
niCE TOP, A Z any), or many other combinations of puns, anagrams, or typographic quirks. Punctuation in clues is often misleading. Each clue contains both a definition (of sorts) and a more cryptic part, but these may come in any order.
If you can complete (or make a good effort on) the crossword and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by January 15th, 2017, you could win some SpecGram merch.* The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the February issue of Speculative Grammarian.
Some plausible answers to last month’s query concerning the third batch of L’Ishing du Gwujlang/
Thanks to Virginia Bouchard, Andrew Lamont, Johan Ellingsen, and Siva Kalyan for their contributions to the decipherment. Each will receive a prize for their help.†
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