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1. Linguistic (Fight) ClubsTyler D. Urden and Thé N. Arrator (40 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 ]

2. Vol CLXXXII, No 4 (5 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 Emily Davis Vincent Fish Deak Kirkham Mary Shapiro Bill Spruiell, Joey Whitford, Comptroller General Now with Additional Functional Projections in Every Issue! October 2018 ... more ]

3. Quipley’s Don’t Believe It! ... Or Do? (4 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 ]

4. A Preliminary Study of Immigrant Mongolian Transhumance Patterns in Western JamaicaSiobhan Chavannes (4 visits)

A Preliminary Study of Immigrant Mongolian, Transhumance Patterns in Western Jamaica. Siobhan Chavannes, Research Assistant in Anthropology, Ravi Turbopropwala, Institute for Transhimalayan Studies, Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, India. The immigrant Mongolian communities of the New World are relatively little-known among anthropologists. While the Kalmyk communities of New Jersey and Philadelphia have received some scholarly notice, the immigrant Mongolian community of western Jamaica has heretofore been entirely ignored by the western scholarly community. Like the Kalmyks of the United States, the Mongolians of western Jamaica emigrated to the New World after displacement during World War II. Settled in Jamaica in 1947 ... more ]

5. Generative Grammar Proves the Existence of AliensN. Elix (4 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 ]

6. A Preliminary Field Guide to Linguists, Part OneAthanasious Schadenpoodle (3 visits)

A Preliminary Field Guide to Linguists, Part One. Athanasious Schadenpoodle, University of Nueva Escranton. Introduction While naturalists have long observed the behaviors of some of the better-known families within the Order Academica, producing for the lay person such fascinating and useful volumes as Jane's Guide to Physicists and The Sierra Club Picture Guide to Psychologists, the Family Linguistica has so far not been shown a great deal of attention. This is, in part, justifiable--the small numbers of linguists, and their comparatively drab plumage, draws fewer amateur naturalists. Still, there is a need for at least one major publication on the subject. While the ... more ] Podcast!

7. Archives (3 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 ]

8. Vol CXCLVII, No 1 (3 visits)

Speculative Grammarian. Volume CXLVII, Number 1. January 1993. ... EDITOR, Tim Pulju ASSOCIATE EDITORS, Trey Jones, Aya Katz, Rob Norris, Don Reindl, Lynn Poulton, Keith Slater, EDITORIAL ASSOCIATES, Dave Kathman, Bill Spruiell, DUKE, DUKE, DUKE, Duke of, Earl, Earl, Earl, ... more ]

9. Ministry of Propaganda (3 visits)

The SpecGram Ministry of Propaganda. Welcome to the SpecGram Ministry of Propaganda. The SpecGram Archive Elves™ have undertaken a project to digitize and share a sheaf of early 20th century SpecGram propaganda posters, which were used during the Great Linguistic War and the Second Linguistic War to encourage linguists everywhere to keep a stiff upper lip and a sense of humor during those trying times. We provide the digitized posters here for you to enjoy, retrospect on, and share. Select a poster to see a higher quality image, and for links to share on social media, to email friends, and to view or download the highest quality version of the image. If you have ideas for other messages that need ... more ]

10. Sprachgeist Guides for the Linguist on the Go!Part IXBook Announcement from Panini Press (3 visits)

PAID ADVERTISEMENT — New from Panini Press: Sprachgeist Guides for the Linguist on the Go!—Part IX As any linguist knows, it’s usefuland sometimes vitalto get an accurate picture of a language you’re not a specialist in, and to do it quickly. Unfortunately, up to now, doing so has involved trying to plow through reference grammars, and we all know the problems with those! You can cut through all that and get all the really important information about a languageits Sprachgeist, if you willwith a volume from Panini Press’s continuing series! ❦पा — Available Now in the ... more ]

11. Cryptolinguistic Puzzle UaxacMary ShapiroTruman State University (3 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 ]

12. Cartoon Theories of LinguisticsPart EPhonetics vs. PhonologyHilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. (3 visits)

Cartoon Theories of Linguistics, Part E—Phonetics vs. Phonology. Hilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. Unintentional University of Lghtnbrgstn. We will skip the introduction, as we have been there, done that. Once more into the breach! For this installment in our series on Cartoon Theories of Linguistics, we will turn our attention to Phonetics and Phonology and the difference between the two: Phonetics:, ... Phonology:, ... Thanks to Professor Phlogiston, of the Unintentional University of Lghtnbrgstn, for the opportunity of a lifetime, as a student, to, on this occasion, share with so many of my fellow linguisticians my views, as illustrated above, concerning matters, which are of such immeasurable import ... more ] Merch! Book!

13. Merchandise (3 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Merchandise. Introduction. In order to lend a hand to our good friends and steadfast supporters over at the Linguist List during their 2006 fund drive, we prepared a small selection of limited edition SpecGram merchandise, including T-shirts, stickers and magnets. Originally these items were only available as prizes awarded as part of the Linguist List fund drive. In 2012, several of the SpecGram editors suffered from a rare form of collective frontal lobe damage, which made it seem like a good idea to put together a SpecGram book. The result in 2013 was The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics. In 2014, Editor Mikael Thompson entered a deep fugue ... more ]

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