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.


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?


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.


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”.


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?


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


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.


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


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.


Q950. Ahahahaha

Asymptotic Binary

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


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


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


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.


Q943. Here’s an article you’ll like.


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.


Q937. This is the Best. Thing. Ever.


Q936. Alles im SpecGram ist ein Witz.


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.


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.