Quotes—Page 2: 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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Q1064. Der Unterschied zwischen der Phonetik und Phonologie ist anschaulich und zugleich unterhaltsam auf dieser Karikatur in der satirischen Online-Zeitschrift Speculative Grammarian (2007, 153-1) dargestellt.

Diana Šileikaitė-Kaishauri

Q1063. Speculative Grammarian is a notorious satirical linguistics site.


Q1062. I read this thinking it was serious by accident.


Q1061. Seems like SpecGram has been around since the beginning of time. Or at least the beginning of grammar.

Joe Salmons

Q1060. Silly, artificial illustration of statistical machine translation.

Jon Dehdari

Q1059. May your adjectives always be superlatve.

Richard L. Moss

Q1058. What did I just read?


Q1057. Thanks for the laughs!

Kiersten Henkel

Q1056. Speculate away! May your speculation never end!

Aya Katz

Q1055. Thank you for all of your linguistic quips.

Lauren Gattara Miller

Q1054. This is satire, lest anyone be fooled.


Q1053. You can’t um and er your way towards an empire, if you want indecisiveness and fillers you should learn Greek.


Q1052. This article, at a satirical linguistics website that I frequent, is pretty interestingsee if you can read it. It doesn’t require any knowledge of Chinese charactersit’s just a little visual “trick,” and after about 5 minutes, I was able to read it without problems.


Q1051. 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。

LingWebs Bot

Q1050. Speculative Grammarian is a collection of linguistic satire. There is a load of stuff there, but this set of puns caught my eye.

Sean Roberts

Q1049. Looking for a graphic illustration of the phonetic and phonology interface.

Look, I understand the basics of phonetics and phonology. Phonetics is a physical science and phonology is a psychological science, sort of. Nonetheless, they both treat the same object: linguistic sounds.

Is it possible to illustrate this interface to a naive and dimwitted undergrad?


Q1048. I’ve always liked this illustration of the difference between phonetics and phonology.

Gaston Ümlaut

Q1047. I mean come on. AIs don’t even understand something like this yet.


Q1046. The Speculative Grammarian podcast is probably the best source of information on the sadly overlooked field of satirical linguistics. A must-listen for anybody who wants to keep abreast of ... academic linguistics.


Q1045. SpecGram is great. At least the Language Made Difficult episodes. I skip the others...


Q1044. You’ll get a kick out of this.


Q1043. It’s that little grain of truth that makes it funny... Great Minds Sink Alike!

Ranjan Sen

Q1042. Dilbilim karikatürleri arasında biçimbilimsel tipoloji ile ilgili olanda. Türkçenin ekleri lego oyuncaklar gibi art ardına ekleniyor.

Dilbilim Derneği

Q1041. It’s a shame the double-dot wide O never caught on as an IPA symbol. (Or the dectuple-struck Z, for that matter.)


Q1040. Best online journal ever :-)


Q1039. This is really cool.


Q1038. Here is what actually untranslatable words would be like.


Q1037. “The” is perfectly translatable. “De” in Dutch, “Le/La” in French, and so on.. What a shitty article.


Q1036. 1. It’s a joke.
2. Did you even read the article? It said there’s no English translation for “the,” not Dutch or French, or so on.
3. It’s a joke.


Q1035. Whoosh, apparently.


Q1034. Linguists vs A.I. this is some next level nerdy shit and I love it


Q1033. Brilliant.

Tim Allen

Q1032. There is a blog called Speculative Grammarian, which is all about linguistic satire. I found this strange, short poem there. It made me laugh. I doubt it will make you laugh. The poem’s authorship is attributed to Bill Spruiell, who, like all the SpecGram writers, is fictional.


Q1031. If grammar were the topic of advice columns.


Q1030. Pssh, totally unscientific, unlike this journal article.


Q1029.University of Sprouts, Brussels”... seems legit


Q1028. Speculative Grammarian is the most rigorous linguistic journal there is!


Q1027. This is totally me.

Logopedist Linguist

Q1026. Thanks to my efforts writing for Speculative Grammarian, I have extensively studied many different branches of linguistics and other fields that I never had to know in grad school. Of course, none of that knowledge makes it into SpecGram because I prefer to apply it to venues that actually advance my career, but as a catalyst that furthers the reactions of others but itself remains unchanged, Speculative Grammarian is a modern-day treasure.

—Mikael Thompson

Q1025. Thanks for keeping me from the important stuff I was supposed to be doing! ;)


Q1024. For more adventures in linguistic self-reference, see @SpecGram’s fun series, e.g. [Grammatical Categories] & [Semantics & Pragmatics]

Stan Carey

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Last updated Dec. 7, 2018.