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1. Which Tea You Should Be DrinkingA Guide by Linguistic SubdisciplineHitosarai Yōkai Ūron (640 visits)

Which Tea You Should Be Drinking, A Guide by Linguistic Subdiscipline. Hitosarai Yōkai Ūron, Senior Research Fellow, Capsule Corporation, West City. The drinking of tea is and always has been an important part of academic linguistics, and the slow but steady decline of armchairs in the global research communityi means this situation will only get worse. It is also now becoming apparent that the new generation of future researchers in our field often struggle immensely with knowing what they are meant to be doing and what signals they send to their established colleagues through simple choices such as the statistical model they use or the variety of tea they drink. While it is rather difficult to help ... more ]

2. Sally Thomason Does Not Deny Having Interest in Michigan Football Coaching JobSpecGram Wire Services (459 visits)

Sally Thomason Does Not Deny Having Interest in Michigan Football Coaching Job. SpecGram Wire Services. Despite official denials by Athletic Director Warde Manuel, the internet is buzzing with speculation as to when perennially unsuccessful University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will get the boot. Speculative Grammarian has learned that linguist Sarah Grey (“Sally”) Thomason has not denied that she is interested in the position. Known for her tough “contact” approach to her field, Thomason has been coaching student athletes in linguistics at Michigan since 1999. She appears to be a strong candidate to replace Harbaugh and return the Maize and Blue to gridiron glory. After ... more ]

3. The GrapholinguistDavis Prickett (407 visits)

The Grapholinguist. by Davis Prickett. Number of IPA Symbols Mastered vs People Who Think You Are Normal / Impressive Party Tricks ... more ]

4. Vol CLXXXII, No 4 (391 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXXII, Number 4 ... Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief Keith Slater, Executive Editor, Associate Editors, Pete Bleackley Jonathan Downie Mikael Thompson, Assistant Editors, Virginia Bouchard Mark Mandel Yuval Wigderson, Editorial Associates, Florian Breit Bethany Carlson Vincent Fish Deak Kirkham Mary Shapiro Bill Spruiell, Joey Whitford, Comptroller General Now with Additional Functional Projections in Every Issue! October 2018 ... more ]

5. Language Death by Speaker RejectionA Few Case StudiesWilliam Carlos Williams Carloses Williamses (380 visits)

Language Death by Speaker Rejection— A Few Case Studies. by William Carlos Williams Carloses Williamses, X. Quizzit Korps Center for Advanced Collaborative Studies. Much recent work has focused on the death of languages worldwide. Such sad events are almost invariably attributed to a conscious decision by the speaking population to reject their language in favor of some more prestigious tongue, often in pursuit of the opportunities for education and economic advancement that the prestigious language seems to offer. In this paper, I will employ several case studies to show that another mechanism is often at work in language death: namely, that some languages reject their speakers, rather than the other way around. That ... more ] Podcast!

6. Germanic Day & The Celebration of Romance (310 visits)

Germanic Day & The Celebration of Romance . We are making something known to you: Germanic Day!. Speculative Grammarian is happy to tell the world about our new yearly holidayGermanic Day! What is Germanic Day? It is a day set aside to think about the Germanic roots that can still be found in English. It gives thanks for the lasting strength of Germanic words. Germanic Day happens on October 13. That was the last day before King Harold was struck down by the Norman gang led by William, and Germanic words at the heart of English began to wane. Before that, English was all Germanic; afterwards, French loanwords took over. What will we do on Germanic Day? ... more ]

7. Linguistics Nerd CampBethany Carlson (221 visits)

Linguistics Nerd Camp. Bethany Carlson. Teaching kids embedded clause structure was not as good an idea as it had somehow seemed to Warren at the time ... more ]

8. Linguistic (Fight) ClubsTyler D. Urden and Thé N. Arrator (207 visits)

Linguistic (Fight) Clubs. Tyler D. Urden and Thé N. Arrator, X. Quizzit Korps Center for Advanced Collaborative Studies. The enduring legacy of the fin-de-xxe-siècle film Fight Club includes many pale imitators. Among the humanitiesincluding linguistics and related fieldsthe imitators can be quite pale, and pasty and soft to boot. Even these faint and frail shadows of the cult classic cannot fail to limn its most quintessential icon: the first rule of Fight Club (of which we need speak no further). Below are the collected first rules of various Clubs of the Linguistical and Linguistically-Adjacent variety, gathered over nearly two decades by our ... more ]

9. Linguistics in Popular CultureAdvertisement (193 visits)

Linguistics in Popular Culture. While we at Speculative Grammarian do not believe in pandering to passing fads (which explains the dress sense of our editor-in-chief), the increasing prominence of linguistics in popular culture and a pressing need to increase our income (so we can afford new sweater vests) has led us to put together a music CD full of tracks by artists who have risen to prominence in the name of linguistics. A full track listing can be found below: Word Gets Around (Via Language Contact) Stereophonics Get Ready for This (Semester of Fieldwork in a Foreign Country) 2 Unlimited Funding Everything Changes (My Results) Take That Data Puff The Magic ... more ]

10. New speech disorder linguists contracted discovered!Yreka Bakery (189 visits)

New speech disorder linguists contracted discovered!. An apparently new speech disorder a linguistics department our correspondent visited was affected by has appeared. Those affected our correspondent a local grad student called could hardly understand apparently still speak fluently. The cause experts the LSA sent investigate remains elusive. Frighteningly, linguists linguists linguists sent examined are highly contagious. Physicians neurologists psychologists other linguists called for help called for help called for help didn’t help either. The disorder experts reporters SpecGram sent consulted investigated apparently is a case of pathological center embedding. Yreka Bakery (Egello College). ... more ] Podcast! Book!

11. LinguimericksBook ५५ (185 visits)

Linguimericks, Book ५५. In Europe and Africa too English is rising, it’s true It’s a real lingua franca A commercial anchor But in Britain, fake news is L2 —Col. O. Nihilist, Now there was a linguist named Jones, Who could pronounce quite clearly all phones. But he wore out his pharynx, His tonsils, and larynx, And now he just lays there and groans —P. Ublekkdeaux Meign, A linguist went out on a bender And wrapped round a lamppost his fender. The cops asked him why, He replied, “You just try Explaining that sex isn’t gender.” —Pete Bleackley, Now They’re Killing Grammatical Distinctions Of our language they’re making a mess— No distinctions ... more ]

12. Cryptolinguistic Puzzle UaxacMary ShapiroTruman State University (181 visits)

Cryptolinguistic Puzzle Uaxac. Mary Shapiro, Truman State University. 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-Manguean variety alters pez coat” (anagram of pez coat), or “Indigenous Mexican language to destroy overtime prior to European Commission” (ZAP + O.T. + E.C.), or “a nice top, a zany blouse conceals retro Oaxacan language” (niCE TOP, A Zany), or many other combinations of puns, anagrams, or ... more ]

13. University News (181 visits)

University News. New Etymology Proposed for Proto-Indo-European. by Ruthlessly Roving Reporter Miss Deakina Andrea Kirkhamia In what promises to be a groundbreaking research programme, the University of the Wilds of Scotland has proposed a new etymology for the putative ancestor of many of Europe’s and South Asia’s languages. Known as Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the choice of this term was originally considered to be a compound noun consisting of the Indo- first component and the European second component, prefixed with the Greek-derived proto- meaning ‘first’. Professor McDougal of UWOS believes instead that “the ... more ]

14. Thank You, Postdoc Syntax TutorThe Third Autonomous Bilborough Linguistics Circle (177 visits)

Thank You, Postdoc Syntax Tutor. Presented by The Third Autonomous Bilborough Linguistics Circle. If there’s one person who’s guaranteed to put a smile on undergraduate linguistics students’ faces, it’s our faithful friend the Postdoc Syntax Tutor. Fresh from their PhD, what they lack in teaching experience they more than make up for in energy and enthusiasm and the fact that it’ll be at least halfway into Semester 1 before they start turning up 10 minutes late for tutorials. And, nothing if not flexible, they’ll have almost certainly reworked all the slides from last year such that every single one will be packed with so many examples that nearly every student will spend hours and hours ... more ]

15. Generative Grammar Proves the Existence of AliensN. Elix (177 visits)

Generative Grammar Proves the Existence of Aliens. N. Elix. It is by now well established that generative grammar is the one framework to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. Since its invention deep in the heart of the gamma quadrant (Whorf (not the Sapir one; the other one) Stardate 150.679), it has been important for all attempts by linguists in black to cross streams and get a well-Grooted understanding of how meaning is situated and realised in the human brain. Until now, however, it has been analysed as the ripe fruits of the work of one man who went boldly where no linguist had gone before. This basic understanding is no longer possible now that the pod bay doors have been opened (Dave & HAL 2001) and the ... more ]

16. Quipley’s Don’t Believe It! ... Or Do? (163 visits)

Quipley’s Don’t Believe It! ... Or Do? Amid the many islands of Indonesia there exists a small sea first discovered by the Dutch/Deutsch explorer Willem Klum. On a small island in that sea is an accident-prone group of people who were living an extremely traditional lifestyle until just a few years ago. As a result, they acquired power tools before numeracy. After a recent visit, Dr. Quipley reports that the “Klum Zee” tribe speaks the only known language with a number system whose base depends on idiolect. Most speakers range from using ternary to decimal, with 7 being the most common base. The one islander who counts in undecimaland who, unlike everyone else on the island, has ... more ]

17. Letters to the Editor (CLXXXII.4) (158 visits)

Letters to the Editor. Dear Y’all: I would like to correct the false impression y’all gave Ms. Selig-Silbersollig in your response to her recent letter: “Why did you spend any time in Lubbock? Drinking Dr. Pepper’s the only fun to be had there.” Speaking as a Lubbock native, I must say that that is entirely false. Even Dr. Pepper’s not nearly that good. Sincerely, Erma Trudy Ermintrude ... Dear Erma, In a particularly brutal fit of anomie, we discussed this issue among ourselves. One of our interns with unfortunate experience stated, “Dr. Pepper is best drunk with a fresh, cool breeze wafting through your hair as you sit in the shade of a spreading tree. It’s no wonder she found ... more ]

18. As Fall Falls the Leaves, so Contribute Contributors the ContributionsKeith Slater, Editor of Some Class or Other (153 visits)

As Fall Falls the Leaves, so Contribute Contributors the Contributions. Keith Slater, Editor of Some Class or Other. It’s fall, and as the leaves fall from the trees, so contributions cascade from the pens of our contributioners. We do want to remind you, though, that we can’t do any of this without you. Sure, we can write stunning and superlative content ’til the cows come homeand the 1800+ pages of Speculative Grammarian content (how many of those pages have you read?) forcefully bear out this assertionbut let’s face it, this publication is a community endeavor, and some of you slothful readers (you know who you are) aren’t pulling your weight. ... more ]

19. About Us (153 visits)

Speculative Grammarian and Our Story. The august journal Speculative Grammarian has a long, rich, and varied history, weaving an intricate and subtle tapestry from disparate strands of linguistics, philology, history, politics, science, technology, botany, pharmacokinetics, computer science, the mathematics of humor, basket weaving, archery, glass blowing, roller coaster design, and bowling, among numerous other, less obvious fields. SpecGram, as it is known to devotees and sworn enemies alike, has for centuries sought to bring together the greatest yet least understood minds of the time, embedding itself firmly in the cultural and psychological matrix of the global society while ... more ] Podcast!

20. Archives (150 visits)

SpecGram Archives. A word from our Senior Archivist, Holger Delbrück: While bringing aging media to the web and hence the world is truly a labor of love, SpecGram tries the passion of even the most ardent admirer. Needless to say, we’ve fallen behind schedule. At every turn, the authors found in the pages of this hallowed journal stretch credibility with their gratuitous font mongeringfirst it was the IPA, then a few non-standard transcription systems, then Greek, and not just the alphabet, but the entire diacritical mess, and now I’ve got some god-forsaken Old Church Slavonic glyph sitting on my desk that no one can even name, and which would give the Unicode Consortium ... more ]

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