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1. Memo Clarifying the Recent List of Banned WordsRhee Smog (19 visits)

Memo Clarifying the Recent List of Banned Words. by Rhee Smog. As you probably know, there was a bit of uproar after we here at the Minimalist Institute for Talk-Studies (MIT) released our memo banning certain words and phrases and providing other helpful usage notes for faculty communications. While critics derided it all as prescriptivist pish posh, there are solid reasons for all of the proscriptions. “Pleased to learn”Our dean informs us that, based on anonymous student surveys, our students are not actually pleased to learn. “Hopefully”Hope died here years ago. “Unacceptable”Our publication record speaks for itself. Any old ... more ]

2. Cartoon Theories of LinguisticsPart EPhonetics vs. PhonologyHilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. (6 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!

3. Crossword for Young LinguistsAvga Ah Morbror (5 visits)

Crossword for Young Linguists. Uncle Avga Ah Morbror, SpecGram Avuncular Editor. It’s back-to-school time, and to celebrate we’ve put together this crossword for young linguists. To keep things relatively simple, there’s only one clue that applies to every item in the crossword: A well-known field of linguistics. Since the young ones tend to need a little more help, there are also a couple of hints: all but one of the answers consist of only one word, and no answer includes linguistics as a separate word (e.g. “historical linguistics” would go into the grid as just “historical”). If you’re a young linguistages 85 and ... more ]

4. Podcast—Language Made Difficult, Vol. L (4 visits)

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 ]

5. About Us (4 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!

6. Vol CLXXXV, No 3 (4 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXXV, Number 3 ... Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief; Keith Slater, Executive Editor; Mikael Thompson, Senior Editor; Jonathan Downie, Contributing Editor; Associate Editors: Pete Bleackley, Mark Mandel; Assistant Editors: Emily Davis, Vincent Fish, Deak Kirkham, Yuval Wigderson; Editorial Associates: Brenda Boerger, Mary Shapiro; Joey Whitford, Comptroller General; Ça Plane Pour Qui?; September 2019 ... more ]

7. Letters to the Editor (CLXXXV.3) (4 visits)

Letters to the Editor. Dear Most Honored Sirs and Ma’ams, I was quite pleased with the positional symbolism of the letters in your latest issue. The placement of the bubbly lightness of the wugs bubbling lightly to the top combines deliciously with the four-square squareness of the discussion of matrices belying the crookedness of the subtext, and its placement cattycorner from other crookedness emphasizes the crookedness that underlies all human endeavor; while the placement of the discussion of trees, with the Canadian on the left and the Texan on the right, as so often holds, is fittingly at the bottom, symbolizing the foundational importance of trees to both linguistics and the ecosystem, and even to the paper ... more ]

8. 与工以口-尺口爪凡以凡   仍巨十十巨尺   与亡尺工尸十   斤口尺   巨以也乙工与廿巨乂巨亡凹十工立巨   巨刀工十口尺   片巨工十廿   与乙凡十巨尺 (3 visits)

与工以口 - 尺口爪凡以 — 凡 仍巨十十巨尺 与亡尺工尸十 斤口尺 巨以也乙工与廿. 巨乂巨亡凹十工立巨 巨刀工十口尺 片巨工十廿 与乙凡十巨尺. 十 廿巨 巨以也乙工与廿 与亡尺工尸十 工与 山凡丫 十口口 巨凡与丫 ... more ]

9. 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 ]

10. Dreaming in RA Psycholinguistical Statistical Reverie“Doc” Yoomin Terrean (3 visits)

Dreaming in R, A Psycho­linguistical Statistical Reverie. by “Doc” Yoomin Terrean, (with assistance from 4 ≥ n ≥ 1 anonymous psycho linguisticians). I had been eking out a living as an under-employed linguist when, taking advice I got from strangers on the internet, I decided to try to improve my computational and corpus linguistic skills to enhance my marketability. One of the elements of my multi-faceted, multi-pronged approach* was to take classes in the statistical computing language / environment, R. At first it was challenging, but rewarding, and there were lots of pretty pictures. Then I started dreaming in R. As are many linguists, I’m a semi-failed ... more ]

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