1. Past LSA president is addled bore about LING.
6. In the beginning, Arabic, Rajasthani, Palauan, and Hopi joined forces for speakers of Algonquian language
9. Chic avocado toast contains hollow space, in Italy
10. Is it cool, using insane person to study language variation?
16. As 500 Latin speakers would call a University courtyard
17. Attempt to delay process covered up by historical linguist Allan Bomhard
18. “Small fish” not clearly expressed by Hittite translator
21. A total, complete way to speak
23. Old Testament judge is telic despite lacking boundaries
24. She (insane) and/or I studied language death
25. Oddly, ears at speed removed all traces
27. Dansk, hollowed out and refilled with beer, fought Dr. Who
28. Be identified as, e.g., no Trump
29. Change the other one, as ancient Romans did
30. Wolof and Menominee, at the start, combine to form half of human race
32. Attorney general, a heavy stove, like one of several Khans
33. How many Australian languages did he study? 509? None? Any number....
36. Preposition covered with affirmation by Nobel-
37. Focusing device used casually perhaps by Bloomfield and Talmy?
38. A big mouth emerging from dangling object
40. SIL’s database of languages a crazy tongue hole
45. Or cut off the lowest deck on the ship?
47. Artificial intelligence backed up United Nations for Hokkaido’s minority language
48. On Dutch Caribbean island, rube loses English in Alcoholics Anonymous
50. I will shortly describe formedness of ungrammatical sentences
52. Dash each disjunction, like some penguins
54. Against acquiring English, like filmmakers Joel and Ethan
56. Dandy focused on preterite, initially
57. Definitive lexical resource abridged or bobbed, without bilabials
58. Pen English in (on?) ancient Roman walls
61. Multiple crossroads in Italy: Three of them? Six?
62. U.S. tax enforcer returns with Indian honorific
63. North America has uncontrolled need for indigenous language family
64. Sentence in violation of religion law, without speaking Spanish
65. You each sound like a Northern Michigan dialect
66. Scoff about Hegel losing English? He was a pioneer in conversation analysis!
1. It’s as dumb as questioning whether it contains an isolate
2. U.S. Army corporal or sergeant, e.g., mixed up with Mexican
3. Young women in Georgia with large sentence
4. Even letters heavy in the offer made electronically
5. Large and/or deranged, like Langacker and Wardhaugh
6. Sounds like Indian-
7. Ladefoged (not a syntactician) put preposition as head of very confused tree!
8. Klingon inventor OK, right? And how!
11. University of Texas newspaper (low quality) immerses itself in Old English, provoking angry reaction
12. Medical scan named by Turing revealed Romance language
13. Glide, stop, fricative... In other words (two of them) what’s hiding here
14. Mongolian loses all nasals and round vowels, keeps nervous system connected
15. ASL expert took wrong in Southeast
19. Saying please in German is complicated in disputed region
20. English verb form requiring dummy subject sounds like it rules!
22. Tigre educator conceals slender plant
24. Do we sound all wet?
26. Ask dr., if time conceals language change
31. Underlying representation captured by peculiar name? Crap!
32. French telephone greeting insincere, may be pronounced various ways
34. Each Italian has a backwards lingo, mostly
35. No one loses English at this time!
39. Although peculiar flub, he is tasty catch for Australian tailor
41. Healthy linguist studied endangered and non-
42. Gang acquires very soft one in a type of ellipsis
43. English sour, confused about international currency
44. Ask for proof of age if and only if where Nik Coupland studies variation
46. Behold embedded reference to sexual desire!
49. 1-Across , losing linguistics, becomes Afrikaans farmer
51. Closer, almost, to form that doesn’t get pointed at in O.T. tableau
53. Object (Verb) that is following a thousand in film
55. Unspecified items from a list in this? Leave me out of it!
59. Undergrad degree? No, Chinese steamed bread
60. French vine or American mushroom, except loses extension
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.
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Vincent Fish • Anders Horn • Daniel Swanson • Jamie Wheeler
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