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That Tenured Man. Found among the papers of Dr. Theodor Geisel by Sheri Wells-Jensen. This recently-discovered document may explain how and why Dr. Geisel transitioned from a promising career in academia to successful employment as a writer of medium-length rhymed verse. It is additionally hypothesized that this early, unfinished manuscript may have been revised and incorporated into another, slightly lengthier, narrative later in his professional life. That Tenured Man! That Tenured Man! I do not like that Tenured Man. Do you have a research plan?, I do not have one, Tenured Man. I do not have a research plan. Could you write one here or there?, I cannot write one here or there. I cannot write one anywhere. ... [ more ]
Linguimericks, Etc. Book ४६. A linguist with ethics quite crippled Taught shirtless, chest ripped and not dimpled. And his accentless French Gave young women a wrench, So enrollment in his class quadrupled —Hester Fester-Münsterfenster, Urging linguists to chase academia When the job market’s suff’ring anemia— It may seem a bit cruel, But it fills the grad schools— And they always find jobs in print media! —α-Betty Abū Gida, Some disciplines’ students, all agogs, Must be herded like cats or wild dogs, But in linguistics, I fear, They just sit far or near And stare like a field of stone frogs ... [ more ]
Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXX, Number 2 Special Teaching Issue II, Sponsored again, but with less enthusiasm, by Rosetta Stein ... 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, Brenda Boerger Florian Breit Bethany Carlson Madalena Cruz-Ferreira Vincent Fish Anita G. Gorman Beth Martyn Bill Spruiell Don Unger Sheri Wells-Jensen, Joey Whitford, Comptroller General Oh the Humanities! December 2017 ... [ more ]
Conference Report: Educational Technology in the Linguistics Classroom. The 2017 Annual Meetings of the International Linguistics Society in Utrecht were wholly devoted to a symposium on the topic of Educational Technology in the Linguistics Classroom. Over 422 Linguistics educators attended the symposium, outstripping the previous attendance record of 12 by a wide margin. Indeed, participants reported that their respective institutions fairly fell over themselves with enthusiasm in providing funding for their participation, even if they did not submit papers. The symposium organizers originally signed a contract with John Benjamouton, who agreed to publish the conference proceedings as a standalone volume, in electronic edition ... [ more ]
The Logic of Teaching Linguistics. Ulfheðnar ber Sarkur. Universally acclaimed, R.I.C.E.* is an intergalactic university that prides itself on its diversity of students, faculty, and curriculum. In the Linguistics department, there are six professors teaching introductory courses this semester: ELIZA, a female artificial intelligence; Fryggyn’ a female mythical being; HAL, a male artificial intelligence; Slagathor, a female human; Θωθ a male mythical being; and 与乙凡十巨尺 a male human. The courses they teach are Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Xeno Ling, and Comp Ling, with each ... [ more ]
Speculative Grammarian and SpecGram.com. 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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 issue 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 was The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics. ... Discussion. As a result of initial positive feedback, ... [ more ]
Teaching Historical Linguistics: A Program of Much-Needed Reform. by Lea Kim Shopmont, Assistant Professor of Communication, Ancilla College, Indiana. Linguistics is a branch of the humanities that prides itself on its scientific character in much the same way as phrenology, astrology, and eugenics did. Perhaps the most pernicious branch of linguistics is historical linguistics, which, regardless of its protestations of studying the history of any language, in fact concerns itself for the most part with dead white male speakers of the ludicrously misnamed “Indo-European” family of languages—even by its own testimony, neither all Europeans nor all Indians speak these languages, and thus ... [ more ]
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