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.
Q979. “Hmm taalkundige, hoeveel talen spreek je dan?” #linguist #strikeback
Q977. For the non-linguists among us, speaking lots of languages is something awe-inspiring. And the fact is that lots of linguists are indeed polyglots. So while I like to think that I wouldn’t be crass enough to ask the question, I can understand the instinct, and I think it comes primarily from admiration and envy.
Q976. I doubt people really know what marine biologists, opthamalogists or anesthesiologist actually “do,” either.
Q975. We know that speaking lots of languages is a superpower we don’t have. We feel admiration or envy. On the other hand, we don’t know what linguists do. We suspect linguists may pretend to the scientific study of language without knowing languages. We find this possibility funny. We don’t realize that the study of language has nothing to do with actual languages.
Q974. Interesting that no-one has raised the point that perhaps linguists really ought to be able to speak more than one language....
Q973. How do you know these many frameworks?
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?
Q970. Within a week of SpecGram publishing [this], everyone is pondering Twitter’s potential downfall.
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
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.
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!
Q962. This is 35 years old & still awesome.
Q960. The big paperback is a huge value.
Q959. SpecGram is the best thing to happen to satirical linguistics since Chomsky convinced everyone he was being serious in 1957.
Q957. Oh, Speculative Grammarian... what would we do without you...
Q956. The linguists strike back. ... Beaming with pride as I see this.
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.
Q952. Oh my goodness I have got to start applying their success criteria to my projects.
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.
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.
Q945. Speaking of throat-clears, I suppose it would not be off-topic to make mention of [this] satirical article.
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.
Q941. So far the best history of the early field I’ve read is from SpecGram (not joking!)
Q940. Ah, nerd humour. Love it.
Q939. Those fine academics at SpecGram have unearthed (and translated) a key historical document.
Q938. That Monster Lingdoku made me laugh.