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Great Moments in Linguistic History. Volume 1 Number 1. 1. All participating soldiers didn’t die in many of the battles. A. Kroch, 2. John has dated a woman such that she loves every man. B. Partee, 3. Every man who loses his pen who finds it afterwards walks slowly. B. Partee, 4. If a preposed NP serves as the antecedent for a pronoun in the same sentence which is too close to it, the sentence is unacceptable. T. Wasow, 5. Bill, is Mary. B. Partee, 6. It has often been pointed out that, in standard treatments of there-insertion in which there is inserted as an NP, it is a complete accident that there and not, say, spaghetti or banjo, is the inserted item. L. Jenkins, 7. ...it is ... [ more ]
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A Review of Wailin’ Jennings’ Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Linguists. by Praenomen Gentilicium Cognomen, Esq.. ... Well-known kʌn.trɪ.n.wɛs.tʌrn star Wailin’ Jennings—son of famed rhotacism and blues crooner Moanin’ Jennings and grandson of beloved buggie-wuggie icon Hollerin’ Jennings—has released a groundbreaking new album. This, his tenth album in a twenty-three year career, is poised to become his artistically and stylistically most successful effort yet. ... Jennings has masterfully blended studio phonology, live morphology, and engineered syntax to create some of the slickest music ever made, ... [ more ]
New Children’s Programming from SpecGram TV. Are you worried that the current crop of kids’ TV is leading your progeny towards building, engineering, and driving trains? Are you concerned that there are not enough shows about the wonderful world of data collection? In our latest season, SpecGram TV has just what you have been looking for. Here are some of our newest titles. The Acoustic Company—In this show, a variety of fun sketch comedy acts are used to teach young listeners how to read spectrographs in a fun, low-pressure environment. Bill Eye the Dialect Guy—Bill I. bowtie-wearing dialectologist, explores the sociolinguistics of prestige and ... [ more ]
Review of New Approaches to Hedging . Review by Ronald Rona-Ramalita, University of Upper Uppsala, Utah. Gunther Kaltenböck, Wiltrud Mihatsch, and Stefan Schneider, eds. 2010. New Approaches to Hedging. Brill. New Approaches to Hedging (NAH) is sort of a rather longish book, about 328 pages more or less. Well, maybe that’s kind of short as academic books run, now that I think about it. The authors (or maybe it’s the editors) make a tolerable lot of claims, some of which I didn’t totally understand, but at least I did read all of them, I think. I mean, it’s possible that I zoned out and missed a claim or two here and there, but I’m pretty sure I read ... [ more ]
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Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXIX, Number 1 ... Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief Keith Slater, Executive Editor, Associate Editors, Pete Bleackley Madalena Cruz-Ferreira Jonathan Downie Bill Spruiell Mikael Thompson Sheri Wells-Jensen, Assistant Editors, Virginia Bouchard Mark Mandel Yuval Wigderson, Editorial Associates, Adam Baker Florian Breit Bethany Carlson Anita G. Gorman Siva Kalyan Tel Monks Mary Shapiro, Joey Whitford, Comptroller General Copula or Null Copula?, That the Question. May 2017 ... [ more ]
Speculative Grammarian and SpecGram.com. 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 simultaneously illuminating, ... [ more ]
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 mongering—first 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 ]
Language Made Difficult, Vol. L — The SpecGram LingNerds are on their own this time. After some Lies, Damned Lies, and Linguistics, the LingNerds discuss the dangers of mispronouncing the names of Canadian provinces, and then advise students as to what they should *not* do. They also fail to celebrate the 50th episode. Many outtakes are provided. ... [ listen ]
The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics . For decades, Speculative Grammarian has been the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics—and now it is available in book form—both physical and electronic! We wish we were kidding, but no, seriously, we’ve published a large collection of SpecGram articles, along with just enough new material to force obsessive collectors and fans to buy it, regardless of the cost. From the Introduction: The past twenty-five years have witnessed many changes in linguistics, with major developments in linguistic theory, significant expansion in language description, and even ... [ more ]
Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics. by Trey Jones. As a service to our young and impressionable readers who are considering pursuing a career in linguistics, Speculative Grammarian is pleased to provide the following Gedankenexperiment to help you understand the possibilities and consequences of doing so. For our old and bitter readers who are too far along in their careers to have any real hope of changing the eventual outcome, we provide the following as a cruel reminder of what might have been. Let the adventure begin ... [ more ]
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