Here are a few of our favorite things people have said about Speculative Grammarian over the years, collected wild on the internet, or domesticated in email.
Shout it from the rooftops. Or just do like me and go stand on a street corner waving a Bible and scream it: “The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is out!”
A word of warning: much of [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] is very technical, with articles and references that few but a trained linguist will twig. A lot of it went over my head, and if you’re not into linguistics your mileage will vary. But some sections are generally accessible, and the motley mischief is unified by the trademark SpecGram voice–if such a thing can be said to exist–which combines condescension with flattery and arch irony with sincere delight.
SpecGram has now condensed centuries of satirical linguistic articles, comics and pearls of wisdom into a single book. ... [T]his compilation makes a tidy package, a pleasant bit of browsing, and a convenient gift for the book-loving linguist. ... There is also some additional material in this book—it’s worth it for the self-defining glossary of linguistic terms alone.
[The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] will be a symbolic expression of your inner linguistic nerd.
Looks too Craaazaayyy for me..
This sounds delightful.
Moram s vama da podelim jedan burleskan, duhoviti, ali u suštini kritički, kao bajagi sociolingvistički tekstić, iz jednog satiričnog lingvističkog časopisa, koji je povezan s ovom temom: „O uljudnosti prema ženama u slovenskim jezicima“, Émil Schouwiniste-Pigge.
Nothing could better explain what I love about non-viral social media than this list of Proofs, taken from the SpecGram newsletter.
Meet Dr. Knauv Shauling, Assistant Chief Hibernolinguistic Paleocurmudgeon.
Can’t believe I’ve been on Twitter for eight months and have only now discovered @SpecGram! #satire #linguistics
WHO THE HECK NEVER TOLD ME ABOUT @SPECGRAM ???
It is a magisterial opus. Everyone on the planet needs at least one copy.
Got a copy of the new Speculative Grammarian compendium! My pleasure reading for grad school is now set.
I want one! (Please don’t flog me for lack of plural construction ... !!!)
“... heavy enough to kill most insects.” Again with the ambiguity!
I’m so excited.
SpecGram keeps me sane.
I don’t know if anyone reads Speculative Grammarian, but I just saw this today: OdCom. It made me laugh, at least.
RE: Landläufige Vorurteile über Linguisten: Endlich hat sich der Speculative Grammarian dieser Thematik einmal empirisch angenommen.
SpecGram has a store. If you buy from there you’ll also be supporting a hilarious magazine.
The following is a very good spelling reform proposal. I doubt that you will not agree with it.
—Antonielly Garcia Rodrigues
WOOOOO! AGGLUTINATING LANGUAGES! WOOOO!
Those make my day. Now its finally clear as light!!!
Languages are all beautiful, regardless how hard they are to master.
Seriously reconsidering my decision to not study language.
I must be dumb. :-(
BOOOO. It’s an attractive system, but not particularly descriptively useful.
Review of the new Speculative Grammarian book begins, “Ben Zimmer and The Harvard Lampoon have a torrid one-night affair (over a spaghetti and lasagna dinner) from which results a lovely baby.” That’s quite an image.
Hippie Linguists? I need The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics.
Must-read for satirical linguists.
SpecGram has a book out. Linguistics dorks rejoice!
I’m overwhelmed by the amount of SpecGram back catalog, and ashamed to admit I’m not incredibly familiar with it.
Love the newest LMD, you guys are clever! The proof is in the outtakes :)
Essential seems right.
Oh man I really recommend that How Linguistics Got Her Groove Back paper. <3
Speculative Grammarian is a joke journal covering “the neglected field of satirical linguistics”. Other articles in this issue include Romney accusing Obama of planning to eliminate verbs from AmEng, and one about a secret underground group of linguists working to sabotage natural language processing. (Granted, a little while back they actually had a very good primer on coming up with “alien” conlangs for science fiction...)
The point ... is well taken, but I think making the claim that linguists don’t use the word ‘grammar’ may be misleading.
SpecGram is pretty much awesome so you should buy their book!
As with much satire, the more you know about various linguistics theories, the more you appreciate the various ways of making fun of them, so I probably wouldn’t recommend [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] for very beginner protolinguists (although you could perhaps gauge your learning by how many of the jokes you get?) but if you like the articles and cartoons on SpecGram in general, then this is a great collection of the best ones, which can get buried in the monthly issues on the website. And if you’re not sure if you like the articles in general, then browsing the website is a pretty easy way to find out.
[The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] would make a great coffeetable book to impress your ling friends.
While I don’t know that I would call [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] “essential”, I will tell you that it is essentially absurd and all-encompassing. ... There are many impressive diagrams and illustrations that really shed light on the more difficult topics (they also add to the aesthetically pleasing nature of the book). I do believe that this book is an overwhelming indulgence that should not be avoided.
Complete with a choose-your-own-career-in-linguistics adventure game (German-sign-language-shaped dice not included), [The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics] is the ultimate gift for the budding language student, the jaded academic or the holistic forensic linguist. And just in time for Christmas.
What does a Labio-nasal sound like? What is the laziest language on earth? How can a knowledge of linguistics help make macaroni cheese? What is the tiny phoneme hypothesis? Where can you find a book that synergises all the loose ends of linguistics into a unified, transparent theory? I don’t know. In the meanwhile, try reading The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics.
The editors and contributors obviously know their stuff, don’t take themselves (or their discipline) over-seriously, and enjoy playing with linguistics, language, and languages to create something new, amusing, and (dare we say) even educational at times. The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics provides a light-hearted romp for those unafraid to plunge into the invigorating and hilarious waters of ‘satirical linguistics.’
Like satire? The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is here!
The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics (unabashed promotion of awesome humor!)