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.
言語学に関するオンライン雑誌 Speculative Grammarian の2012年7月号が出されています。 注意：真面目な内容ではありません。
Speculative Grammarian / 言語学に関する笑えるネタや時として真面目な話を収録したオンラインの雑誌。難しいことを緩く語るのがコンセプトなのだろう。英語。
For a bit of culture/humor, read Speculative Grammarian. The more linguistics you know, the more funny it gets.
SpecGram podcasts are the best medicine for the flu!
Australian English is just a few years from becoming Perry So-so.
I like to jump head first into subjects that I have no understanding of at all. Here’s a site that meets the criteria. ... Speculative Grammarian.
For more details [on majoring in linguistics], you can read through this. It’s quite exaggerated as you’ll see, but useful nonetheless.
One last thing I’m particularly unhappy about is that [The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution] doesn’t have an Acacia Tree on the cover—which seems like a missed opportunity.
Everybody should take a look at [this]. It is full of good humor, some of it good Norse/Gothic humor...and we know what delightful people they were.
Here are some Gothic phrases that could come handy on your travels.
I really want to know who wrote this. Brilliant.
It’s actually worse than this.
Die Märzausgabe der Linguistiksatirezeitschrift Speculative Grammarian ist dieser Tage erschienen–sie befasst sich unter anderem mit den schädlichen Folgen von Sprachkontakt und mit Degenerativer Grammatik.
Well I read some of it ... and then gave up.
Let’s all just be glad we’re not learning Mid. after-Nguyen Knap.
The search ii “anthropic principle” lojban leads to Speculative Grammarian, a website devoted to satirical linguistics, and specifically to the hilarious article “Survey of Linguistic Evidence of Meta-Consciousness in Tier-19 Terran Primates,” which reads like a blasphemous cross of Noam Chomsky, G. I. Gurdjieff, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (in Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level.)
An advert not to be taken seriously: The Stylistic Writing Academy of Academic Writing Style
Linguistic Levity: Our friends and colleagues at Speculative Grammarian have published a wonderful list of ancient and wise sayings, relevant to linguists like ourselves. Read them here. [And here and here. —Eds.]
Haha what a cute song! Makes me wanna sing now!
Filing this under songs I’m going to sing to my hypothetical future children.
Love, love, love these very important and informative essays.
“How to Do Fieldwork on Proto-Indo-European”: An informative article from Speculative Grammarian.
For anyone who does or did fieldwork, I’m sure they’re aware of Murphy’s Law as Applied to Field Linguistics.
Gibt’s einen Link zu SpecGrams EtymGeo™, wo man Städtenamen rauskriegen muss–absolut empfehlenswert.
Speculative Grammarian is the premier badassical scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics. Check [it] out.
Seriously, I read this and my jaw dropped. Not only at the hilarious footnotes but the incredible story of how a language came to be made up almost entirely of adverbs. A bit longish but well worth the read.
I ... initially thought it was authentic. I planned on finishing this and jump right to Wikipedia in hope of finding more information. I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of it. I thought it probably meant that it was an old disproven analysis of the language. I myself thought (a still think for that matter) that if every clause begins with “do PRONOUN shi” followed a single component, a simpler analysis would involve prounouns sharing a common “do-” prefix and verbs a common “shi-” prefix, which every semantic elements analysed as verbs, some of which translatable into “to be a X”, “to use a X”. “Do ki shikabayo shilolo” = I use-
I was happy to read your honest fable for our times, as I fear the Linguistic Doomsday is causing old myth to die.
[On podcast recommendations:] Speculative Grammarian: linguistic humor digest. I don’t really grok “Linguistics Made Difficult”, their live chat/interview series, but what got me hooked were the humor pieces.
I love this. I don’t know some of them, which probably makes me a bad linguist, but it’s a clever, simple illustration of some concepts in linguistics.
This made me chortle. Particularly the ones on Grimm’s Law, markedness, and weakly vs strongly transitive verbs—“Hopper kept on insulting Thompson, so Thompson killed Hopper.” Ha.
That I find this funny probably doesn’t reflect well on my social development, but whatcha gonna do.
Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics! Hint: To win great glory, double major in physics, and work on the temporal wormhole project.
My first instinct was to try to major in econ, and I got to be rich but had a crushed spirit. Life is tough, one wrong turn and there you go.
Then I went to [SpecGram], a Journal of Satirical Linguistics, and read this very entertaining article: “Los Eres y el Erre”. I was most amused to have read it in Spanish and caught almost some of the funny parts.
Dikembe Mutombo, the 7-foot 2-inch center for the Houston Rockets and the oldest player in the NBA, authored a groundbreaking study when he was a student at Georgetown in which he assailed “one of the sillier ideas of modern linguistics... that one language is as good as another, that no language is clearly superior to any other.” His idea has been further developed with added criteria. Spanish comes out on top; English is in second place.
... the Original English Movement, which I feel does not go back far enough.
Go forth and people the planet Suck!
SpecGram is a fairly well-known parody linguistics journal. However, I just found out they also have twitter and it is quite entertaining.
“Is Russian pro-drop? Hell if I know, but it sure sounds foreign! Close enough.” Science at its best!
You know you’re a linguist when you see that they forgot to devoice one of the final consonants, as per the normal rules of Russian.
Hey, this is SpecGram.
Mmmm, juicy allomorphs. Trinidadius Functionalisticus, I personally prefer feeding on PPs.
I feel bad for having laughed at this.
If you get this, then you know you’re a serious Linguistics geek.
Speculative Grammarian has many fun elements of English linguistics. My favorite section is about the ambiguity of English.
SpecGram, satirični jezikoslovci! Najnovejša študija: Expirations in Minimalism—Zombie Linguistics.
I just ... found this hilarious article on Hippies naming their kids (and more). It brings to mind that singer, Prince, who changed his name to a symbol that had no pronunciation.
Love the awesome journal. The pod-cast is phenomenal and certainly the most amusing pod-cast I’ve ever heard! Although, as pointed out in the second pod-cast, post-structuralist literary theory would argue that it is my listener-response which creates the humor and awesomeness rather than anything inherent in the pod-cast itself.
For hopeless linguistics majors like me. They describe themselves as “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics,” and the ‘scholarly material’ they put out is hilarious. And often depressing.
Des revues un peu “différentes”.
—La commission des programmes en Linguistique
Université catholique de Louvain
Those are among the most deliciously pithy footnotes I’ve ever seen. But what kind of institution really has a Department of Lexicology and Glottometrics?
Thanks to you for your outstanding service for linguists!
[A] fascinating discussion on the value of umpteen.
Must remember to revisit [SpecGram] on occasion, in order to stretch my satirical linguistics abilities.
My favorite is the phonetic sprinkler.
Speculative Grammarian, have I mentioned I love you?
Yes, you pretty much have to be a linguist already (or well advanced towards that goal) to enjoy Speculative Grammarian: you can’t understand a satire if you don’t know what is being satirized.
It has always seemed to me that Speculative Grammarian assumes a pretty high level of familiarity with academic linguistics. The web page even bills it (satirically) as a scholarly journal. One could say that SpecGram is [+specialist, -bona fide] while the envisioned Linguistics Today would be [-specialist, +bona fide].
Heh, I love SpecGram. ‘Fifty Grades of A’
My love of satirical linguistics has now overlapped with my love of chickens.
Both parents and speech-language pathologists are sometimes guilty of over-analyzing a toddler’s speech patterns. ... Consider that even adults vary tremendously in their sentence lengths. ... One satirical study even parodied the use of sentence length in language pathology, pointing out that adults’ sentence lengths vary depending on the amount of coffee that they have had.
It might be a good idea if [everyone] were occasionally to read the online journal Speculative Grammarian. It might encourage us to be somewhat more serious about our writing, for let us not ever forget what Sophocles once said:
πολλὰ τὰ δεινὰ κοὐδὲν ὀμπρέλλας δεινότερον πέλει
How wonderful! ... I think 98% of MLA post-panel Q&A interactions could be categorized as one of those twenty special forms.
That is silly.
Speculative Grammarian?! How did I manage to never hear of this before?! I have the feeling that my life will never be the same.
Huh! He can’t be serious, can he?
The difference between phonetic/phonemic transcription is also confusing enough that it merits its own linguistics cartoons.
Wenn ihr den Witz nicht versteht, macht, was der Editor gesagt habt, lest euch rein. Es ist einfach zuuuuu genial. Nasal-ingressive stimmlose velare Trills sind in der Tat... außergewöhnlich. Lach mich schlapp.
Twórcy Speculative Grammarian nie mogli znieść, że co i rusz okazuje się, że w słownikach brakuje słów. I tak powstała Splekulatywnego Gramatyka Komplaetna Encyklopaedia Historycznych Kompendialnych Leksykonów Rzadkich i Archaicznych Gwar i Nomenklatur. Wreszcie możemy poznać znaczenie WSZYSTKICH słów.
It took me a couple of minutes to be able to read it and understand the differences, in both the word balloons and the images. Heh...very clever.
Which are the rarest vowels/consonants? Definitely the nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill—so rare it hasn’t yet been added to the IPA. The proposed symbol is Double Dot Wide O.
SpecGram, my life was incomplete. Then I found you. Wow.
I’ve had no formal introduction to phonetics, but with a little trying, I figured it out... and was laughing my anatomy off for two minutes straight. Thank you for making my day!
You can very well describe some speech with the IPA to the phonetic level (rather than phonemic), but then it requires a much more precise use of the IPA along with its diacritics. The problem with that is that it’s so dense that it’s almost unreadable. My favourite image to show the difference.
If you love language and words, this is a fun, tongue-in-cheek place to spend a moment.
Thank god I was alone when I tried pronouncing that!
It’s really awesome—I’m going to train hard until I can pronounce this consonant accurately in my sleep!
This is the greatest thing I have ever seen.
It is quite a difficult sound to produce accurately at first. The secret is to be in a deeply relaxed state.
Thought I’d throw a shout out for [the] website of Speculative Grammarian, self-described as “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics.” I’m not affiliated, but one of my undergrad ling professors is Publisher Emeritus and I’ve found my fair share of linguistic amusement there.
Speculative Grammarian (where linguists go to laugh to death)
This may be a bit too accurate for comfort...
I found this googling linguistic some such one day and I’m planning to do a pre med double major. Naturally, I was moderately annoyed and a bit concerned at an icy soul sucking future. It is a joke, but damn.
No matter what I choose I end up in a soul crushing career. Poop. I guess I’ll enjoy my studies while I can!
Fries. Fries everywhere!
I picked the closest one to what I really did and it was depressingly accurate. Wish I saw this earlier!
But, like, literally, who told them what ‘Bite my ass’ was in Lakota? Inquiring minds need to know!
I love that ‘Dothraki’ is on the list of languages.
Man, I wish there were a way to get my Spanish students to use this when they want a translator, so it was 100% obvious who was cheating. I mean, right now it’s about 85% obvious, but this would be awesome.
Aim your friends at it if you want to embarrass them, maybe.
This is a very obvious joke. I tried both English to German and German to English.
Well... I f***ed Claudia Black and Ben Browder. Not bad, ... not bad.
Stuff in there is eerily similar to how it actually works. That is probably the most realistic Choose Your Own sim I’ve ever played, at least in terms of possible results, even if all the paths chosen to get there are not set in stone in real life.
Hah, this is a pretty funny take on it but still gives good food for thought. In real life, I chose the one where you end up majoring in economics. Thankfully I haven’t turned into the empty shell of a man that this tool suggests is in store for me... at least not yet.
... the “Language Made Difficult” podcast, to fill your ears and your heart with linguistic laughter.
Read and be merry: The perennial classic, “Choose Your Own Career in Lingustics”
Lingua Pranca is also quite funny.
This ... has some hilarious ambiguities.
Not only do they have the AutoGrammatikon, they have a Compleat Encyclopaedia of Compendious Historical Lexicons of Obscure and Archaic Vernacular and Nomenclature!!!
haha wow. Would you like fries with that?
Among empirically-minded linguists seeking to criticize less empirically-minded linguists, the phrase “physics envy” ... is not taking a rigorous empirical model an applying it inappropriately to fuzzy human data. Instead it borrowing unrigorous mathematical ideas to cover up for the fact that you don’t want to build an empirical model. This cartoon sums it up nicely.
Different languages have different standards for Braille. At a meeting yesterday, we wondered whether there was a standard for Klingon Braille. Turns out, the scholars at Speculative Grammarian have already investigated this question.
Life’s little pleasures: Satirical linguistics
Anyway, Speculative Grammarian, the satirical linguistics magazine (yes, there is one) has a nice article about linguists at cocktail parties, in which this crops up. It shows, by means of statistics, that the diseases line plays the best. ... And it also shows that you shouldn’t conduct surveys at cocktail parties.
[I was reminded of] this hilarious piece of work. The reader might want to ponder the many links you’d have to posit for any causal chain explaining the correlation...but probably not.
The fricative may be said to be negatively associated with eating, in that it strikes the ear as an expectorant sound, that is relating to the magically powerful actions of spitting and vomit. The guttural is at work in this way in the eecchh! and urghhh! of digust. ‘Eating the Wind’, by Claude Searsplainpockets of Speculative Grammarian ... is an account of the elaborate ‘gastro-pulmonic’ system of [a] tribe called the Xoŋry, which sets out their elaborately-particularised designations and phonic enactments of compound activities of eating, speaking spitting, snorting, devouring and vomiting, including words for ‘to eat while talking’, ‘to snort up the nose while talking’, ‘to projectile vomit, while talking’.
SpecGram is great and so is their podcast
Ah, SpecGram magnet, how you hold my dog’s rabies certificate on my fridge!
Been catching up on back episodes of “Language Made Difficult” from the Speculative Grammarian podcast. Because I’m the kind of dork who finds language (and linguists) endlessly entertaining.
I’ve been listening to the SpecGram podcasts lately. They really are tremendous fun. Thanks, and keep up the awesomeness!
[What’s the difference between phonetics and phonology?] Here’s a humorous illustration I sometimes use in introductory courses.
This on-line publication is the self-proclaimed “premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics”. Nothing to add.
A self-helf group for an affliction that often befalls linguists: Conlangers Anonymous.
Atklāju priekš sevis (iespējams, citi to apguvuši jau pamatskolā) ko jaunu, tb tādu zvēru kā “glotohronoloģija”. :)
Speculative Grammarian, to be taken in monthly parts.
Immer wieder lesenswert: Speculative Grammarian
Speculative Grammarian (the journal of “satirical linguistics”) published a piece recently entitled The Lexicalist Agenda: Exposing the Myths. ‘It’s a hoot’, says the Sesquipeditor -- ‘3 thumbs up!’.
This may be the most closely argued piece of linguistics since Verner wrote on the voicing of Germanic fricatives, or at least since “Remarks on Nominalization”.
The latest issue includes a contribution that deftly slices away our reason for being. Or maybe jabs at it with a rusty blade. I mean the “Ask Mr. Language Person” piece answering the question [“Why do languages decay?”].
Speaking of jargon, here’s a handy list for the layperson.
NO. WAY. SO FULL OF AWESOME. <3
It’s nothing porcine, I assure you.
Speculative Grammarian was brought up as an example of satirical linguistics but the punchlines require rather too much technical knowledge for a layperson.
Ooooh, someone is bitter :D
I worry both that this may have been already seen by those who can appreciate it, and that it might go over the heads of everyone else. If so, apologies. Nonetheless, SpecGram’s occasional salvos at formalist theoretical excesses always make my day, even when reread.
Oh Speculative Grammarian why do you always publish a new issue when I’m most behind with schoolwork? I’m dying with laughter and I don’t think my supervisor would find this article very funny if I presented it as my excuse... even though she is, like, the only other person I can share its utmost hilarity with... :(
I love SpecGram, even though it makes me sad that after 3 years of university education in linguistics, I can only understand about half of it!
I have this shirt from SpecGram. I’ve had to stop wearing it because people would stop me and stare at it and ask me to explain all the time :(
Good overview/visual intro to the topic for lay people.
Und wer den “Speculative Grammarian” nicht kennt, hat wirklich was verpasst. Eine ganze Satirezeitschrift nur für/von/über Linguisten.
If you get to the bottom of the article, there’s definitely show of Tongue in Cheek. :)
I hope this is satirical
They lost me at ‘Futurological’...
went over my head / made me giggle then felt a little spooked.
Well, at least we do have a canonical set of tests to tell linguists from philosophers.
The SpecGram post also pokes fun at the Skopos theory of translation. Hilarious and worth the time.
This is my favourite thing you have ever published
SpecGram’s podcasts are sharp, silly, and fun.
Haven’t delved yet, but this looks like an interesting page for linguists and other wordnerds.
I love SpecGram!
[SpecGram is] more fun than a barrel filled with n monkeys with x reflective indicators in a partial least squares path model.
Without doubt, Speculative Grammarian is the world’s premier Satirical Linguistics journal.
Some of us stopped submitting to SpecGram because we have to concentrate on writing that will earn.
Oh baby, let’s try the nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill tonight.
I don’t know if anyone reads Speculative Grammarian (SpecGram), but I just saw this today: OdCom. It made me laugh, at least.
Haha–I can’t wait to find time to read this!!
Justin B. Rye at Speculative Grammarian has a delightful Primer in SF Xenolinguistics. Rye offers ten rules of SF and fantasy language clichés, muses briefly yet thoroughly on the ways in which alien languages might differ from human languages and the ways in which they probably won’t, and discusses potential issues with universal translators.
Wenn ihr den Witz nicht versteht, macht, was der Editor gesagt habt, lest euch rein. Es ist einfach zu genial. Nasal-ingressive stimmlose velare Trills sind in der Tat... außergewöhnlich
What will become of a linguistics major?
This kills me, as the only way to get a job is when “Prof. Johnson” kicks the bucket, and my dear friend is a Prof. Johnson of linguistics hahahaha
The “choose your own career in linguistics” game! It’s fun, I promise! :)
—agents verbing patients
Und wer den “Speculative Grammarian” nicht kennt, hat wirklich was verpasst. Eine ganze Satirezeitschrift nur für/von/über Linguisten
The Compleat Encyclopaedia of Compendious Historical Lexicons of Obscure and Archaic Vernacular and Nomenclature: The best dictionary on the web! So great, it knows definitions of words that don’t even exist!
This figure showing Examples of phronological Evidence is killing me! “Darth voiceless vaders”... “heimlich ejectives”... tee hee!
How have I never encountered this amazing website before?
I love SpecGram. So, so much. I even have a nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill shirt.
Thanks for introducing me to SpecGram, you bastard. I have an essay due tomorrow, you know.
I’m quite fond of the phonologist one myself, since I was forced to sit through a semester of very, very abstract phonology.
The Lab Phonetician one made me laugh.
‘You do well, and 20 years later, you are successful, happy, and productive. You make a good living, do interesting work every day, and have sharp colleagues to keep you on your toes. Your home life is tranquil and pleasant, and you have lots of time off every year to do your own thing. Life is grand!’ Damn right! Now if only ‘work hard’ was indeed a single click and not 5+ years of grueling torture.
Oh my goodness gracious, I could waste my entire life reading [SpecGram]. The choose your own adventure career game is my favorite so far though...
I am thrilled that you have come across the title of my talk and considered it worthy of the Chiasmus award. I am an advocate of the interface of science and research with wit, style and rhetoric. I, of course, am honoured to accept the award and condone the use of my title/ abstract/ name in your publications. My Chiasmus of the Month will indeed be my month of chiasmus.
—David M T Arnold
It’s a balance you guys strike well—that rare ability to use the words “phonotactics” and “poopyhead” in the same joke.
The “Pantheon-Based Theory of Grammar” is quite funny as well.
Heh, quite funny. I’m fighting an addiction to velaric ingressives myself.
Nowadays we have kinda decent natural language parsers.
In my opinion, these still have a long way to go. (Panel #3 is my personal favorite.)
This is my new favorite thing, courtesy of the Speculative Grammarian.
How would a linguist translate “Dumber than a box of rocks” from the original Texan? Easy: “Dumber than a department of Sapir-Whorfians.” There’s a whole mess of useful conversions in “Texan for Linguists.”
Qualcuno, poi, per risolvere il problema ha inventato nuovi simboli, il Quotta e il Quottiod!
I, for one, welcome our new serious overlords.
What I learned about the relationship of coffee to adult conversation was priceless
Everything I learned about linguistics I learned from the Speculative Grammarian.
Any discussion of a Wordnik takeover of SpecGram is purely speculative.
That would be meeting the Serious Linguists on their own specious terms. You could not hope to survive. Only subvert to prosper.
Keep linguistic conflict in the abstract domain—only there can satire prevail. You might be no match for the Fist of Generativism!
Trying to explain the joy of SpecGram to non-linguists is like someone trying to explain the joy of advanced mathematics to me.
“No” to serious linguists!
I’m loving ‘Language Made Difficult’.
You guys are great, and may Speculative Grammarian last another seven centuries.
Far and away, one of my favorite accounts to follow.
Speculative Grammarian is the one and only journal of satirical linguistics. I’m very fond of their Cartoon Theories of Linguistics series. And anyone who’s thinking of majoring in linguistics should try Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics first.
Today I read the multi-trill article in Speculative Grammarian and I decided to try the counting song. ... It wasn’t until I tried the non silent 0 variant of Trilaa that I realized that I was making a real fool of myself. For those of you that are not familiar with Speculative Grammarian you probably do not know anything about the ingressive velar voiceless trill, and if you have some linguistic background you might try to pronounce that sound, but I need to warn you: try this at home! And whatever you do, do not try this in public!
Please do not make the mistake I made and sing the counting song in the university cafeteria during lunch hours! I promise you, if people don’t think you’re a freak before that they’ll certainly think so after seeing you sit there all alone on a table making crazy trills. Does not matter whether you’re good at performing trills or not, they’ll shun you anyways...
Встретился намедни чудесный сайт «Speculative Grammarian». Местами просто забавно, местами забавно и полезно.
I have a feeling I’ll be entertained for hours!
Been hilarious for many many years. I particularly enjoy their comics.
A great satirical linguistic magazine that I think all of you would enjoy.
Trey Jones at Speculative Grammarian invites y’all to play his cute, and yet somewhat depressing, game: Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics.
Some of my favorite linguist humor—U.S. Government Linguists in Action
While I have your attention, let me thank you, the other editors and the contributors for the many hours I have misspent in laughing through the SpecGram archives. Sophomoric or sophisticated, hieratic or half-
Must remember to not listen to SpecGram podcasts on the bus—I don’t need any more dirty/confused looks from undergrads.
ahh, nothing like good nerd humor in the wee hours of the night.
Ok, half the time you guys intimidate me (and I get paid to write). Thanks for the daily education!
I stumbled into this haven [(SpecGram)]… It’s like an STD, only much, much more desirable: one that we wish would spread more widely.
Check out [SpecGram]. They have about one cool puzzle an issue, and it’s all damn funny.
Got my new edition of Speculative Grammarian in my inbox today—and what a treat! This issue is all about fantasy languages and the cliches used in it... Have a read—it’s really funny! And something to keep in mind when creating languages.
In-jokes for the linguists.
The editor emeritus (Tim Pulju) is the most popular linguistics professor at Dartmouth College, and for good reason. His classes are as entertaining as SpecGram, if not moreso. Also check out Lingua Pranca—it’s exceptionally witty. And the “choose your own career in linguistics” adventure story is worth more than a few run-throughs.
The site bills itself as the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics. With links to back issues, puzzles and games—this site is highly recommended for linguists.
I have never heard of satirical linguistics until I found [SpecGram]—and have been totally engrossed (and lost!)
Вообще, сайт достаточно забавный, нечто вроде «лингвисты шутят». Мне там еще понравился «индоевропейский кроссворд».
Интересно, почему я не набредала на эту штуку раньше: SpecGram. Например, комикс про Google Translate. Или загадка “найди семь отличий”. Или, например, как надо работать с информантом. Вообще такого прекрасного (действительно прекрасного) дикого гона я давно не видела. Плакал мой вечер :) Номера целиком тоже достойны похвалы. Ы.
hahaha! That’s brilliant, and not entirely untrue.
This wonderfully weird article claims that the “ther” is evidence that the original language of Winnie the Pooh is not English, and it was translated from Gallo-Romance or Old French, although the stories themselves are much, much older.
One of my resent favorite articles is “Draw Me A Linguist”. I do believe this represents most people’s stereotypical thoughts about linguists, not only children.
Can’t get enough of SpecGram: Turn-offs: fervent lexicalism, fervent anti-
SpecGram’s puntheon of mytholingual entities.
Seems more like a critique of English then anything else. This is what happens when you speak a mongrel language.
This is hilarious.
It’s hilarious to the linguistically-minded. Phoenician syntax is gold.
Did you really think someone was going to fall for this?
Syntactic ambiguity explained with cartoons!
유서 깊은 언어학 개그의 본산 Speculative Grammarian의 트위터 계정 @SpecGram을
I did get a good chuckle from Elwin Ransom’s piece, “On the Applicability of Recent Theoretical Advances in Linguistics to the Practice of Fieldwork.” And really, what more can I demand for the price of my subscription?
I will admit that I seldom read SpecGram, as fans call it, since I don’t really enjoy its brand of humor, generally very dry, deadpan satire of academic writing and more specifically the discourse of descriptive and theoretical linguistics.
Several very nice things in this issue, anyhow, kudos.
Man, I read the issue last night, and figured that one of the SpecGram cabal must have invented the morphome for its purposes.
A puzzle a day keeps the pedant away: This is for just a few of you... yes.. you
Oh SpecGram, you make my day
I love the about us, but really, what does it say?
As far as I can tell, SpecGram’s current list of authors is entirely made up. Which is a shame, because some time in the past, they had at least some articles written by actual linguists.
Neatness! It made me laugh.
this is awesome.
Telenovelas follow a very similar basic storyline. So the article is saying, they have a verb, where they then give loads of names in a row as objects of this verb, and each fits into the correct place in this schema of a telenovela’s character relationships.
De a SpecGram
Egyik kedvenc cikkem szerzője a pszichoanalízis és a kognitív nyelvészet - egészen pontosan Freud és Lakoff
A SpecGram, teljesebb nevén a Speculative Grammarian c. online folyóirat igazán szeretnivaló jelenség: remek a címe (hát még a címoldali mottók!), a szerzőgárdája, tudományos paródiáiban pedig nem kímél egyetlen nyelvészeti iskolát sem.
Dans la catégorie langage et linguistique ... Speculative Grammarian, “premier journal savant présentant des recherches dans le domaine négligé de la linguistique satirique.”
Fag-satire er moro!
The perennially hilarious Speculative Grammarian single-handedly makes Linguistics the most exciting science! ... I suggest you start from the beginning and read to the end. Quite possibly the most engaging linguistics journal to ever exist!
The Inebriation Hypothesis: If you’re not a linguistics nerd, you’ll have to trust me. This is hilarious.
I loled at the last [article].
As said, a before vowels and an otherwise. We know how/when, but not why. ... It’s interesting to know that this was a source of great debate for many years. A lot of people argued that this was anything but phonologically determined, wasting a ton of time and effort. Pay attention to phonology!
LOL! Der Artikel ist ja hilariös!
This is a good example of how fracturing your thoughts can greatly misconstrue the meaning of your words.
Here is a fascinating article on why Winnie Illi Pu is not quite authentic Classical Latin as the Romans would have written it. I do not agree with the final conclusion though.
I read a satirical linguist journal sometimes.
Loving the new issue of Speculative Grammarian
Speculative Grammarian is a collection of linguistic satire. There is a load of stuff there, but this set of puns caught my eye.
Oh my! Pick Astronomy! Wow! Though Ben Browder just isn’t my type. (Or Physics, even better!)
That’s it. No need to synthesize. Now, you damn lazy linguist, go find one of those!
[It] reminded me of that genial linguistic magazine: Speculative Grammarian, which I had not read in years. It’s still as good as ever (for an intellectual good laugh).
In Soviet Russia consonants palatalize you! I laughed so hard at that.
“Step one: find a native speaker” Amazing!
neeerdy! yay: “How to do Fieldwork on Proto-Indo-European”.
I love Speculative Grammarian so hard: “How to do Fieldwork on Proto-Indo-European”.
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SpecGram is full of clever and witty articles on a wide range of linguistics topics and you could be the next illustrious author to be published!
Stay abreast of breaking research in satirical linguistics with Speculative Grammarian.
It isn’t easy studying linguistics at university. Not only do you have to keep on coming up with creative answers to the frequently asked question, “so which languages do you speak?” (pi?) but often, you can’t even find your textbooks in a library or a bookshop (linguistics books are found variably with the philosophy, modern languages, psychology, science and even new age sections). No matter how many times you explain that linguistics is “the science of language” or that it involves the study of the evolution, structure, form, history, acquisition and variation of language (among other things), you are invariably met with a look of scepticism. “That’s a real subject?”
Some of my favourite articles include:
Jag snubblade över en lite annorlunda handledning på nätet. Den ger tjugo praktiska råd, om inte i konsten att övertyga så i varje fall i konsten att inte svara på frågor. Mycket lämplig för ministrar, ledarskribenter och annat löst folk.
everyone knows that umpteen is 61
Poczytaj sobie SpecGrama to się dowiesz/domyślisz. Swoją drogą, strona ta jest po prostu genialna, jakby ktoś jeszcze jej nie znał...
LOOOL. ciekawe, czy ta bibliografia jest prawdziwa.
Swoją drogą, przypomniał mi się najbardziej leniwy język świata z Gramatyka-Spekulanta.
I take it you’ve never heard of Palinilap Cimordromic.
Now that we are at the end of the semester some of you may be wondering where a career in linguistics can take you. I urge you not to rule out modelling for book covers. Alternatively, take this illuminating quiz.
Thanks for SpecGram! It’s a great read.
Your journal is awesome!
To me this feels very judgmental.
And how is “euphoniousness” not the epitome of subjectiveness. The only way I can think of that last “measurement” as being in any way scientific is if there were some way to gauge positive mental reactions according to a variety of sounds. Perhaps this is possible, but otherwise the idea of euphoniousness is so absurdly opinion-based that it would be impossible to judge according to the different languages.
Fine, but doesn’t that just mean that one language is only easier to learn or speak, vaster or simpler? Do these things truly make one superior in the grand scheme?
Fascinating. The only problem is that one falls into Platonic-inspired terms—good, superior, better. I still find it very much ethno-centric to label them as such.
Written by those wacky Hoya pranksters Dikembe Mutombo and John Thompson!
I especially enjoyed “saving French discontinuous negatives”!
um... what about the weighting of parameters?
Speculative Grammarian: The journal of satirical linguistics. The more you know, the funnier it is, of course.
Oh, I get it, it’s a breakdown in intertransferability of signifiers and signifieds. LOL, structural linguistics!
Here, you can find a nice recipe of gavagai with peppers.
Nogle morsomme uddrag af nogle studerendes besvarelser fra en prøve hvor de skulle beskrive lyden [w].
What is [glottochronology] anyway?
For a humorous approach, see here.
How many interpretations does the following sentence have? Pretty little girl’s school. Believe it or not, there are at least five interpretations. ... If you want an illustration, you can find it here, along with other fun linguistic stuff.
Both humorous and true! Excellent.
Hey! I love languages. I’m currently a linguistics major, because I had to declare something. Once upon a time I was googling and came across a funny website that had a bunch of different scenarios—“so you are a linguistics major and pre-med”—and explained what it thought would happen—“you are flipping burgers or selling your soul to MCAT prep companies”.
Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics
I’m in love....
now I am doubting my own rigor—just finished “skimming” this.
Speculative Grammarian is a magazine of satirical linguistic sketches.
Speculative Grammarian: I simply had to share this. I really needed a laugh today and this is what I found. It is hilarious. Enjoy.
SpecGram: ingressive nasal velar trill, anyone?
SpecGram: this is awesome :)
Да, читал. Забавно, но в данном случае никак не помогает.
Fictional Foundations of NLP, aka “Where’s my jetpack?!” I love anything quoting Manning & Schutze...
What a wonderful find your publication is! I am just starting to trawl through the archives and I’m sure that there will be much to amuse and inform me. ... Looking forward to enjoying many hours of reading.
Speculative Grammarian: For a bit of fun with linguistics, a humorous site with a linguistics theme.
Speculative Grammarian is easily one of the nineteen best online linguistic humor magazines of the past three months—and you can come quote me on that.
It’s terribly exciting, there’s not only a new issue of Speculative Grammarian out (the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics), but it’s a bumper issue of linguistic puzzles, and there’s one that I can just about finish.
I think this crossword puzzle is pretty linguistigeeky too.
Whenever you need a break from X-bar-ing those trees, do check out Speculative Grammarian’s groundbreaking articles in the burgeoning field of satirical linguistics. I was particularly astounded by the theoretical implications of the discoveries described by Doggett, Cardinal, Sanders, and Ussishkin in “Double-Sided Copy Theory” (Jan. 2006).
ehehe. in the background of the cartoon, you can see “buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo” diagrammed out.
It is weird that “conlanging” had turned into such a bad or somehow bad thing... I never felt like it wouild endanger my life.
I am not an addict, I can stop anytime.
Are you sometimes, or indeed frequently gripped by the urge to create languages? Do your doodles often become new alphabets? Do you feel compelled to create worlds in which your languages and alphabets might be used? If so, help is at hand in the form of Conlangers Anonymous, an organisation founded by Francis Lodwick in 1694 and discussed in Speculative Grammarian, the premier journal of satirical linguistics.
LOL. That is classic.
I think SpecGram has been infiltrated.
This article explores how syntactic and semantic ambiguity is significant to humor; it also gives humorous examples of lexical ambiguity.
I’m in love with the article about the Bleggish language. It’s like David Foster Wallace is channeling Ferdinand de Saussure.
Oh but how could you have missed this article! It’s brilliant! Reminds me of time cube guy.
Disappointingly, SpecGram is rarely as funny as it always seems like it should be, and this article is no exception.
Speculative Grammarian wants to help us [conlangers].
‘ “How many languages do you speak?” A good answer: π.’
Spanish linguistics fail.
Kellogg-Reed diagram, X-bar diagram, sentence flow diagram, grammatical diagram, phrase diagram ... is your head beginning to spin? Bring a little humor in as a antidote: Modern and Historical Graphical Representations of Structural Relationships in Spoken and Written English Sentential Utterances, selected and presented, with commentary, by Nattapoŋ Yunloŋ Seuŋyoŋ.
In order to convince my parents that my prospective major, linguistics, wasn’t completely useless, I showed them this game: SpecGram—Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics.
You should certainly start reading Speculative Grammarian. The back issues are archived. Also, they’ve digitized and made online-available Lingua Pranca and Son of Lingua Pranca, which were originally published before the World Wide Web became a commonplace. You would also enjoy a much more contemporary work in the same vein, Collateral Descendant of Lingua Pranca.
Stay abreast of breaking research in satirical linguistics with Speculative Grammarian.
I love Speculative Grammarian, and I love that article.
[A] comment on length reminded me of something I came across recently.
I’m a fan of the Balloon Animal State Machine approach, myself.
Speculative Grammarian is a collection of linguistic satire. There is a load of stuff there, but this set of puns caught my eye.
Thank you once again for SpecGram. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me wonder if I can cite it in my PhD.
I absolutely love SpecGram. It points out so many patent absurdities that it is surprising that it has not already become the most cited lingustics journal of all time. Hopefully, such ridicule will eventually lead to some of the stranger and crazier aspects of studies in liguistics being sorted, or at least made into funny cartoons.
I suppose this illustrates my preference over experimental methods of inquiry instead of simply sitting down and theorizing on linguistic phenomena.
Here’s a funny article from Speculative Grammarian, a satirical take on the academic field of linguistics.
Weird ‘n’ wicked
The premier online source for linguistics humor (Yes, linguistics humor).
Less seriously, see this.
Hm, I wonder what kind of linguist wrote this test...
Very sadly it doesn’t actually add up—even assuming that half the turducken makes it into the casserole, and half the casserole makes it as sausage into the next turducken, that’s still a factor of 4 reduction each week. The stated 4,487 turduckens collectively represent a reduction by a factor of 44487 or about 102700. Assuming a turkey is mainly proteins with a molecular mass of say 2000, a turkey is about two moles (mmm, turkey mole) or 1024 molecules. That means the chances of an original molecule being in a 2008 serving is about 1 in 102676. Unless Dr Clarke is a homeopathist, he probably won’t be able to taste the original olive.
Caution. The calculations of Bjorn-Bob Weaselflinger of the Oceanographic Institute of Nevada imply that construction of a sufficiently meta dumpling could trigger the collapse of local space into a gravitational singularity (although this may have already happened at the creation of our universe).
But you have to admit...“meta-dumplings” sounds tasty!
That is the awesomest thing I have ever heard of (though the statistically significant olive particles from 1922 are kinda gross).
I had totally forgotten about SpecGram.
I LOVE SPECGRAM!!!! Especially “Cartoon theories of linguistics”.
I love SpecGram.
I also read SpecGram and want to be published there.
Не знаю, как я это раньше упустил. Если вы интересуетесь лингвистикой - вам обязательно надо читать Speculative Grammarian. Если интересуетесь поверхностно - то хотя бы вещи типа Dates in the Month of May that Are of Interest to Linguists или The Linguist’s Self-Definer (это из древнего сборника Lingua Pranca). А лингвистам - читать почти всё...
Now, that was a real knee-slapper!!
The symbol (and sometimes the sound itself) is called ‘oink’. It was used in some medieval texts along ‘ash’, ‘thorn’ etc.—although much less frequently, which explains why even some experts seem not to know about it
Be a sport and produce this sound. ... I dare you to make this sound. If you’re feeling a little nervy about it, here’s my advice: lie down on your back, close your eyes and in just a few minutes you could be producing this sound regularly.
I urge you ... to enjoy this delightful, humorous site. Choosing your own career in linguistics is really fun. Many of the puzzles and games should elicit a smile or two as well. My favorite is the Self-Defining Puzzle.
—Trudy Bentley Rech
For those ... who have a good sense of ironic humor, I would heartily recommend checking out the website of Speculative Grammarian.
—Trudy Bentley Rech
Also, we should not forget Speculative Grammarian, the foremost journal in the field of satirical linguistics.
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
Your site is a scream. I just came across it trying to fake my way into seeming smarter in front of my 16-year-old, who is living my academic ambitions. I look forward to reading more and to learning why people smirk briefly when I refer to philology.
A bit of linguistic dork humor.
My favourite was “syllables”.
I’m loving it! My favourite was Phonology vs. Phonetics.
I just found this: Cartoon Theories of Linguistics
Ahh, what can prosody not tell one about syntax?
Brilliant. I’m tempted to record myself saying each [meaning of “pretty little girl’s school”] with appropriate stress.
Numerus: Singular, Plural und auch Dual! Wer hätte das je gedacht? Ich wollte mehr darüber wissen und ... Danach fand ich diese ironisch gemeinte Website.
Opettelemalla muutaman gootinkielisen lauseen saa varmaakin helposti ystäviä oikeista ´gooteista.
You might find this cartoon instructive.
The Probem With NLP: I just found this source while investigating Garden Path sentences, and it kind of blew my mind about how the words and phrases we use carry multiple meanings.
You must know about Speculative Grammarian? The online journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics? Pure gold. Try the choose your own career in linguistics game.
Some of my favorite linguist humor—U.S. Government Linguists in Action
вот так, зайдешь в интернет по маленькой надобности...и вдруг узнаёшь СТРАШНОЕ! Винни Пух-то, оказывается, ни разу не “англичанин”! Доказательство.
Thought you guys might be amused by this—it’s a paper from the linguistic version of the Journal of Irreproducible Results, entitled “Linguistic Contributions To The Formal Theory Of Big-Game Hunting.” Much of its humor comes from knowledge of linguistic fields, but one does not have to be a linguist to understand that this is hilarious.
Speculative Grammarian (highly reassuring website for linguists)
Even though I anticipated the punchline, this [cartoon] still made me laugh just loud enough for everyone in the computer lab I’m currently sat in to look at me strangely.
Sorry in advance to all our TM/computation linguistics friends but these cartoons are hilarious. The first is on automatic text alignment and the second is on computational linguistics. (Yes, I am a nerd.)
The [CLV.ζ] issue is a bit hardcore in its pseudo-geekery and meta-meta-humour, even for me, but while I was there, I checked out the December  issue and had a good chortle at How They Do It in Linguistics (“Syntacticians do it with trees,” “Neurolinguists do it with magnets,” “Phonologists do it with deviation,” ad infinitum, ad nauseam)—ah, the oldies but goodies—and a poetic duel between a “practical speller” and a “skeptical speller,” of which I am sure that George Bernard ghoti Shaw would approve (annoyingly, that reference was included at the end of the poem so I can’t claim to be clever here, although I did think of it by myself).
[M]y all-time favourite SpecGram post [is] Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics, which indulges both my linguistic geekery and my nostalgia for choose your own adventure books, and which is funny ‘cause it’s true.
The best satirical linguistics newsletter this side of the—well, the best one ever. It may be the only one, as well...hmm.
Det er et tilbagevendende tema på SpecGram om nasal ingressive voiceless velar trill skal indføres i IPA-skemaet eller ej. Det foreslåede IPA-symbol er det såkaldte double-dot wide-o. Se det er noget der kan få en fonetiker til at fnise.
Hvis du ikke kender Speculative Grammarian, så tag et kig på det. Det er lingvistisk satire på højt plan.
That’s wonderfully awesome. *snort*
Als je het over taalregels hebt moet je eigenlijk twee soorten ‘regels’ onderscheiden: descriptieve en prescriptieve (of ‘beschrijvende’ en ‘voorschrijvende’). ... Twee plaatjes zeggen meer dan duizend woorden.
Сатирический журнал для лингвистов.
If you like word play, you might also like SpecGram ... in which linguists prove why linguistics doesn’t attract a lot of interest as a major.
Zawsze ktos kupi takie mumbo-
Believe me it’s funny ... If you’re a real linguist or just a working stiff of a translator like me who wants to be distracted, you’ll find this article worth your while to check it out.
SpecGram’s humour mostly lies in its apparent earnestness, but it is beautifully creative, for example, having invented the field of Langualogy.
A Language Hat post has introduced me to Speculative Grammarian, “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics,” and it is fabulous.
Speculative Grammarian, that corpus of linguistic wisdom, presents a fine description of eminently practical uses of linguistics.
Vous pourrez visiter ... un article de Speculative Grammarian qui montre qu’on peut s’amuser même avec les langues anciennes.
Specgram has the most tempting personal advertisements I’ve ever seen, like Single Statistical Quadratic Psycho-
What a frightening place this journal must be. I had pictured some coffeehouse zombies with a printing press in the basement, but it appears they have an entire dysfunctional corporate bureaucracy.
Much of the story sounds plausible.
—PeteIt would only sound plausible to somebody with a name like ‘Pete’.
A wonderful spoof!
I loved the footnotes.
Speculative Grammarian [has] this wonderful piece from Volume CLII, Number γ. In it, Sir Edmund C. Gladstone-
Seriously, I read this and my jaw dropped. Not only at the hilarious footnotes but the incredible story of how a language came to be made up almost entirely of adverbs. A bit longish but well worth the read.
I think my favorite is still “All your morpheme are belong to us”, because it’s just so darn clever, what with morphemes being ‘bases’ of sorts. But it’s almost painfully geek-y. And I really do like “Will perform nasal-
Try inhaling through your nose and make your velum vibrate. I am sure you can!
wtf is a nasal-
Thank you for yet another very entertaining puzzle!
I feel right at home with SpecGram. Thank you for the regular laughs.
The next issue is coming out next month, and it promises to be positively saturated with obscure in-
I had my first academic publication in SpecGram with the current issue. I’m not sure what that says about me, other than that I’m a linguist and a nerd.
Speculative Grammarian (a highly reassuring website for linguists)
Linguists w/ a sense of humor? No way!!!!
I like SpecGram. I can’t get my daughter and other relatives to laugh at its jokes, though.
—Tom H Chappell
In case you never heard of “phonological ergativity” you might enjoy [this].
—Tom H Chappell
I liked that a lot. ... I’ve wondered whether social scientists
I love recision
Those cynical chaps at Speculative Grammarian make a mockery of all that is good and holy about Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval.
What is Linguistics Good For? Those of you who are familiar with IPA (and I know your name is Legion) will definitely enjoy this. Those of you who have any sort of familiarity with Russian will probably like it too.
Speculative Grammarian is the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics. Try their crossword for linguists (take THAT New York Times Sunday x-word!).
‘Oo’s a KITTY-
Other SpecGram interesting (funny) articles may be:
Sadly a lot of ‘theories’ about hypothetical connections (like the one on Basco-
Кроме очень правильных статей про лингвистику, также присутствуют игры и кроссворды, фундаментальныне лингвистические понятия в комиксах, фонд вооружения вымирающих языков и акция по включению в международный фонетический алфавит символа, обозначающего назально–ингрессивный глухой велярный вибрирующий звук, иными словами хрюканье.
I have ... been reading Linguistics Cartoons. They’re not that super good, especially considering the idea behind them is to illustrate linguistic concepts in such a way that a ‘bright, interested ten-
This is why I read EVERY word of EVERY issue of Speculative Grammarian ... pure genius!
Check [SpecGram] out if you’ve got the time, it’s worth some good chuckles.
... the self-
Don’t [read SpecGram] unless you have time to procrastinate a bit.
It is true that Linguists are weird. Here is proof.
SpecGram is the best satirical work on linguistics available world-
Be sure to check out ‘A Stratificational Approach to Making Macaroni and Cheese’. Definitely worth your time.
Possibly the most brilliant thing I’ve ever read.
Speculative Grammarian is probably my favorite linguistic journal in existence.
Your publication of December 2008 has been received. It has been read. It has been enjoyed. The enjoyment was thorough.
—Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer, Ph.D.
I’m a retired professor who finally has time to read every article with deep appreciation as well as understanding of 58% (± 3%) of the obvious in-
Each issue surpasses the last!
—Carolyn Andrews Schlemmer, Ph.D.
Trött på vanliga korsord och soduku, och vad alla de olika pusseltyperna nu heter? Speculative Grammarian har lösningen: The Polyglot’s Magic Square.
Haha, that is awesome.
It does not need to be said that all the articles for SpecGram are written for humorous value, and are a highly readable, lovely load of jovial tosh.
The brilliant Speculative Grammarian website ... explores the much neglected field of satirical linguistics.
My congratulations to Tim Pulju on having written a wonderful, humorous article which recently came to my attention, entitled New Directions in the Teaching of Human Languages to Non-
That is hysterical. I’m forwarding it around my department.
Speculative Grammarian has a cute choose-
Je crois que tout est dit. Bon c’est pas toujours facile à comprendre (ces mecs là sont vraiment atteints, faut le voir pour le croire...), mais on trouve des trucs sympa comme un manifeste pour la linguistique subliminale, une approche de la démographie basée sur corpus ou une illustration de phénomènes phonologiques avec Bob l’Éponge. Il faut au moins y aller pour tester le Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics, qui est vraiment à hurler de rire et qui peut être utile pour ceux qui envisagent un double cursus linguistique/astronomie.
Das ist ja genial!
Zum phonologischen Wahnwitz siehe auch nasal-
Here’s a cartoon that nicely distinguishes between the broad strokes (in this case the stroke is delivered by a lance!) of phonological description, compared to the detailed precision of phonetic analysis.
Suomessa ei kai kovin paljon gootteja ole mutta tässä linkki, ‘Goottia matkailijoille’. Opettelemalla muutaman gootinkielisen lauseen saa varmaakin helposti ystäviä oikeista ´gooteista.
SpecGram: L’unico! L’inimitabile! Linguistica folle!
So you think your vocabulary is pretty good? Try this crossword puzzle for linguists. It made me laugh out loud.
Speculative Grammarian is the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics. This site can be downright hilarious sometimes.
Thank goodness there is someone out there besides me who adores run-
Thank you so much for providing a little comic relief on stressful days, and keep up the good work, we depend on you! (Although, admittedly, there are only very few people around to share the jokes.)
Now here’s an intelligent way of wasting one’s time.
Oh yes, self-
Of course, Eduard Sievers would be turning in his grave, because as fine as this little poem is, it does not follow the dictates of Germanic Alliterative Verse! Travesty!
One of the internet’s most original publications: Speculative Grammarian.
Sometimes one comes across an item of such exquisite nerdiosity, that the only emotion one can feel is awe mixed with jealously for not having thought of it oneself.
Far and away, this is my favorite Gothic language site.
Here is a spectacular bit of poking fun at syntax. It might be funny even if you haven’t taken syntax, but I couldn’t guarantee that.
Gotta love serious academicians who also enjoy poking fun at their own chosen field of specialization. For a veritable feast of such inside jokes, see Linguist of Fortune, Psammeticus Quarterly and Speculative Grammarian.
ooh, I’m the Grand High Poobah of Linguistics.
Career in Linguistics. You Sure? The tongue-
...the world’s greatest specialists in satirical linguistics...
Thank God I’ve found other people who love grammar and language and aren’t afraid to make fun of it.
Now, the linguists among you simply must visit Speculative Grammarian, the premier site for ‘satirical linguistics’. I have only just discovered it and it’s intermittently brilliant.
Satirical linguistics journal, yay.
At SpecGram any aspriring linguist can get a glimpse of the future when choosing your career in linguistics.
Zum Amüsement für Linguisten
I just attracted a very strange look from my husband at the next computer, thanks to performing a nasal-
I am Language and Puzzle Geek, hear me roar!
... the LinguiGeekSquee of discovering Speculative Grammarian ...
I had promised myself that I was going to go to bed early tonight ... and now I want to stay up all night and read back issues of Speculative Grammarian.
Beowulf ond Godsylla is the funniest thing I’ve seen all year.
I had to read all those articles, and the publications of Psammeticus Press
If you love Old English (or at the very least, fine malt liquor of any persuasion), you should see their fabulous new snippet from Beowulf, Beowulf ond Godsylla.
But if you ever wished you had studied linguistics, you should check out SpecGram.
If you have an incredibly geeky appreciation for linguistics humor (face it: telling jokes about phonemes and morphemes is not ‘normal’), be sure to check out SpecGram. The classifieds are particularly hilarious.
Oh. My. God. That is fabulous.
Speculative Grammarian is awesome. Go check it.
You might appreciate this article from Speculative Grammarian, the journal of ‘satirical linguistics’. It is entitled ‘The Lexicalist Agenda: Exposing the Myths’, and I thought it was really funny.
Actually, that entire journal is just fantastic.
This makes me go squee!
I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t get most of those...
ling love: i love this.
Dit is vooral leuk als je interesse hebt in taal kunde, maar ik wilde hem toch even laten zien. Het komt van een sarcastische taalkunde site: Een ‘artikel’ over de distributie van de lidwoorden ‘a’ en ‘an’ in het Engels. Carrièreplanning voor linguïsten.
Linguistischer Nonsens im Überfluss. Zahlreiche nicht wirklich ernst gemeinte Artikel, Schlaglichter auf schräge Phänomene und insgesamt eine wirkich komische Satire auf den wissenschaftlichen Normalbetrieb. Amüsant sind auch die kleinen Spielchen ‘Choose Your Own Career In Linguistics’ und das ‘Indo-
Het is zo nerdig dat het gaaf wordt
Wer, wie ich, gerne viel Zeit mit Dingen verbringt, die schlicht und einfach Zeit fressen, ohne dazu zu führen, dass die Welt gerettet oder die Hausarbeit fertig wird, hat bestimmt seinen Spaß mit Vaguely Linguistic Transforms.
SpecGram is great. SpecGram is wonderful.
I really like these and I might just use them when teaching syntax in a few weeks’ time.
Speculative Grammarian, a satirical linguistics journal (if you can believe such a thing exists).
Dr. Phlogiston’s article also contains several panels that will be of great value in the classroom.
This is only the second cartoon about computational linguistics that I know of.
Here is the funniest linguistics-
You should see the Speculative Grammarian article on the language in which the elative dual was always suppletive. It was funny.
—Tom H Chappell
Thanks for all the brain-food.
I just stumbled across your site and so can’t make head nor tail of it (sic) that I will have to keep on reading. I was, of course hoping to learn something about NLP/AI. The ironic thing is that I may learn more from reading your journal than attempting to process any amount of more scholarly looking stuff.
My favorite computer-
The best thing in the issue is the letter to the editor about yod-
I just love making nasal-
Ironia i humor per a lingüistes.
Humoristisk e-blad om lingvistik og lingvisters særheder.
If you haven’t played it yet, I recommend the ‘Choose your own career in linguistics’ feature.
I loved your Phonetics vs. Phonology cartoon in the September 2007 issue.
If you haven’t read Linguistic Topology yet, you must. (All the way to the end, folks; it’s worth it, trust me on this.)
After many a (very
I know it’s a satirical journal so I’m embarrassed to say how much I could enjoy puzzles like this.
Reading through the other options I’m getting increasingly depressed.
Speculative Grammarian knows where I live.
As antidote to so much heavy-
Umlaut marks are the spawn of satan!!!
Speculative Grammarian: who says linguists take themselves too seriously?
Una visió humorística
I have taken some time off my thesis and lost some sleep to finish your magnificent Monster LingDoku. Thanks for teaching me how Hangul works! I hope you have as much trouble reading my solution as I had constructing it.
This looks like an interesting site.
Speculative Grammarian is well worth a thorough browse, packed as it is with ‘twisted ramblings, academic parody [and] satirical linguistics’, including The Lingo
Ahh, the academic funnybone. The footnotes are worth reading if you don’t have time for the whole article.
Thank You!! for the many good laughs and the much-
Для всех делающих вид, что знает и любит языки: сатирический журнал Speculative Grammarian, сделанный лингвистами для лингвистов и примазывающихся.
ключевые слова: сатира, шарж, шутка, развлечение.
One of my favourite websites, as a) a former linguistics student and b) someone who works for a (real!) journal, is SpecGram, or Speculative Grammarian, which is a fantastic spoof linguistics journal. It is particularly amusing that so many of the articles could almost be real.
Linguistics lovers beware.
—Dr Lanette Cadle
Enjoy, language nerds!
Sudoku + phonology mashup. Run away!
Rating the world’s languages. Snerk.
I’m happy that (in a total fairytale not resembling academia in the least) I won on my first go-
So far, I am mildly amused by the typo on their home page.
Man, I’ve been subscribing to this for a while. It’s great.
This is hilarious.
Don’t miss: Re-Rating the World’s Languages, Hunting the Elusive Labio-
This is great!
Wacky linguists spoof themselves, rating a collection of languages along a whole range of variables.
Friday afternoon fun: ... Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics. ... Will it be a double major in Linguistics and English with a serving of fries, or great glory analyzing the language of beings on distant planets. You choose your path ...
that just upped my geek intake by 300%
This is SO dorky...and yet, I laughed shamelessly.
I really want that ‘All Your Morpheme Are Belong To Us’ shirt, but I don’t think anyone at work would get both halves of the joke.
so, i’ve been occasionally stumbling on [SpecGram] for a while now, ... and i’m addicted now.
Meist sehr humorvoll. Vorsicht: macht süchtig!
A hilarious online linguistics satire magazine. ... It has linguistics sudoku puzzles. With the IPA! A Proto-
I could recommend Speculative Grammarian to any linguists...
This is possibly the geekiest thing that I’ve ever seen: a crossword puzzle in Proto-
Extreme language geekery
LMFAO. That’s brilliant! And [sigh] [cringe] actually pretty accurate...
Glimrende artikkel om retorikk i SpecGram med gode tips om hvordan vinne enhver debatt.
Linguistics definitely has its share of obscure insider lingo. For that reason alone it’s extremely doubtful that a nonlinguist would find any humor in, say, Speculative Grammarian.
—Robert M Peachey
Habrá que leer más a Merritt Greenberg y Joseph Ruhlen que a los de verdad.
—Manic veG wonK
potentially amusing to the linguisticians among you
I ran across your current issue again. What a scream!
Speculative Grammarian, die Zeitschrift für satirische Linguistik.
Empfehlenswert für alle, die sich schon immer für die Verbindung von Sprachwissenschaft und Humor interessiert haben: SpecGram.
Oh my gorsh, this is the coolest thing ever...
I just found this online and did a happy dance...
Speculative Grammarian (a.k.a. the best spot to find esoteric linguistics humor)
My Soul was Crushed. It was awesome.
Brilliant! Have been sitting here for the past two hours listening to cello, drinking Armagnac, and roaring with laughter at the writings on your pages.
Someone has a twisted sense of humour.
Great. Amazing. I love it. Laughed my heads off.
Yes! I love that! Talk about brain exercise...
I like it, even though it does make my head hurt.
well that’s just greatly reduced my english skills
Wow. That’s... beautiful and horrible at the same time.
Ahhhh. Make it stop.
That hurt both my eyes and my head.
Viccesnek van álcázva, de már a címe is nagyon provokatív.
Fun with nerdy humor!
It’s a reprint of Lingua Pranca from 1978, but it’s still funny as hell.
If anyone wants to look at linguistic sillyness, I would suggest Speculative Grammarian.
‘For your reading gladness’ This phrase aptly describes my experience of SpecGram. I totally love it.
We at the LINGUIST List enjoy your humorous site and have spent no little time browsing around it.
This is a site which has kept me entertained for hours and hours on end. ‘Tis particularly suitable for long working days with nothing to do.
Linguistics (noun, singular): The alleged discipline professed by anyone whom Speculative Grammarian amuses.
I’m always glad to find some new scholarship I had previously missed.
Descriptivists fight back! With ABSURDISM!
My qod that site is brilliant!
A sort of Mad Magazine for linguistics.
Speculative Grammarian ... promises some dandy satirical linguism!
Speculative Grammarian [is] a sort of parody on grammatical research.
I was getting worried... but I wonder, if there really is something more behind it!!!??? And who is the satire for??? Many questions.
For all those with a passing interest in linguistics, I recommend the wit and silliness of Speculative Grammarian magazine.
Honestly, where do people find the time? This stuff is hilarious!! Check out the letters to the editor in particular.
... Speculative Grammarian, which I think is the best online linguistics magazine ever.
This one is for linguists, and lovers of language and the utterly, sublimely ridiculous. One of my favourite spots on the internet.
Oooh, found a great website for you language freaks with a sense of humor.
I think there are a fair share of geeks ... who will sickly enjoy it as much as I.
Gosh, Speculative Grammarian is a hoot.
Go, enjoy, but don’t say I didn’t warn you you might get your brains addled.
How did I ever live without it?
Check out this parody of abstruse linguistics at its most absurd. A brilliant satire.
Read it and laugh.
Satirical linguistics. Bravo!
These are very funny people!! Little snorts and chuckles sneak up on you at every turn.
If you’ve ever struggled through some dusty collection in the periodicals room in a desperate last-
Speculative Grammarian ... appears to be to linguistics what the Annals of Improbable Research is to other sciences.
I think it’s not just hilarious but actually instructive.
Daring innovative theories in the linguistic field.
‘Counterpoint: Why Linguistics Doesn’t Care’ got me all hot and bothered in my language centre. Oh, my very sensitive Wernicke’s Area. Oh, oh my.
Speculative Grammarian tackles the important issues in linguistics
The best thing about my SpecGram discovery is that it feels like learning, but not the kind that makes my phonological system strain and my brain implode.
What can you do with a degree in Linguistics, you ask? Play the game and find out!
Besides being wonderful dorky nostalgia, it’s actually quite funny/
Vittig om lingvistikk! Sjekk ut denne siden for å få deg en god latter.
Linguists: This is funny!!! ... I laughed.
Ever read Speculative Grammarian? If you did not read Speculative Grammarian yet, give it a try...
Hey! This site amuses me. Ah, the trials of choosing your own career in Linguistics. Pretty funny stuff.
Twenty Special Forms Of Rhetoric is the funniest thing I’ve read for, oh, about a week.