Quotes—Page 3: More of What People are Saying

Here are a few more of our favorite things people have said about Speculative Grammarian over the years, collected wild on the internet, or domesticated in email.

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Q973. How do you know these many frameworks?

Matías Guzmán Naranjo


Q972. Yeah, Speculative Grammarian can be pretty funny, although I don’t know enough about linguistics and the academic culture thereof to get a lot of the jokes.

—Eschatokyrios


Q971. Aha, du är språkvetare. Hur många språk kan du?

Charlotta af Hällstr


Q970. Within a week of SpecGram publishing [this], everyone is pondering Twitter’s potential downfall.

Peter Bleackley


Q969. I still don’t get the NIVVT. :( Maybe I just don’t have the grasp of all those things well enough. Wait, is it a snoring sound?

—ZLVT


Q968. I like the Cartoon Theory of Linguistics about Morphological Typology. Ubykh as like twenty people-morphemes doing acrobatics off a cliff made me lol.

—Eschatokyrios


Q967. One for the linguists :-)

Rachel Cotterill


Q966. I found this great satire of conlangs and thought other people ... would enjoy it, too. The article is called “Doing Fieldwork on Constructed Languages”.

—jute


Q965. I think this might be me, except in Everett, Washington.

Brooke Larson


Q964. Do some of those words perhaps have something to do with Amharic being a Semitic language, and Turkish having loanwords from Arabic, which is also a Semitic language?

Terpomo11


Q963. The linguist strikes back!

Language Writer


Q962. This is 35 years old & still awesome.

Darin Flynn


Q961. なんだこれはwwwwww

SYNTAX FAIRY


Q960. The big paperback is a huge value.

J Paul S


Q959. SpecGram is the best thing to happen to satirical linguistics since Chomsky convinced everyone he was being serious in 1957.

A Punning Linguist


Q958. Speculative Grammarian, as well as monthly satirical articles, has a range of books, including a Primer in SF Xenolinguistics.

Sean Roberts


Q957. Oh, Speculative Grammarian... what would we do without you...

Andrew Hardie


Q956. The linguists strike back. ... Beaming with pride as I see this. :)

Vandana Bajaj


Q955. I’m a lawyer. Given how many people, on meeting me, think it’s amusing to insult me to my face, I’d love to be asked how many languages I speak.

—Rube


Q954. So is the joke that linguists always get asked how many languages they know?

—GH


Q953. Thirteen really untranslatable words.

Talk the Talk


Q952. Oh my goodness I have got to start applying their success criteria to my projects.

David Smith


Q951. I lolled at the note about the nasal ingressive voiceless velar trill when I came upon it. But I guess you need to know phonetics quite well to get it.

—Dingbats


Q950. Ahahahaha

Asymptotic Binary


Q949. I kill Chomsky and take his place as grand high linguistic poobah.

—ZLVT


Q948. I kinda liked the “choose your own career in linguistics” module.

—Clerria


Q947. I browsed through some of [SpecGram’s] material ... and found it rather amusing.

—xyzzy


Q946. To those of you still fretting over the Oxford Comma dilemma, the “august journal” Speculative Grammarian offers [a] solution.

Marian Dougan


Q945. Speaking of throat-clears, I suppose it would not be off-topic to make mention of [this] satirical article.

Mike Jones


Q944. Ha! That guy knows what’s up, Scots do talk funny.

SoKratez


Q943. Here’s an article you’ll like.

Pennwisedom


Q942. Recommended read: Divine Unification Grammar. To quote Homer Simpson, it’s funny because it’s true.

Andrew Hardie


Q941. So far the best history of the early field I’ve read is from SpecGram (not joking!)

Gretchen McCulloch


Q940. Ah, nerd humour. Love it.

Trip Edington


Q939. Those fine academics at SpecGram have unearthed (and translated) a key historical document.

Tony Braisby


Q938. That Monster Lingdoku made me laugh.

Mededitor


Q937. This is the Best. Thing. Ever.

GlobaLang


Q936. Alles im SpecGram ist ein Witz.

LukasDanielKlausner


Q935. This classic satirical article from Speculative Grammarian illustrates the dangers in working from small data sets and assuming that your own subfield necessarily has the solutions to all the problems in linguistics. Or in other words, when you’re a syntactician, everything looks like a tree.

AllThingsLinguistic


Q934. This seems accurate.

The Ghost of ☈yan


Q933. SpecGram (The Onion, for linguists)

MIT Linguistics Society


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Last updated Mar. 18, 2017.