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.
Q350. 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?
Q349. Fascinating. The only problem is that one falls into Platonic-
Q348. Written by those wacky Hoya pranksters Dikembe Mutombo and John Thompson!
Q347. I especially enjoyed “saving French discontinuous negatives”!
Q346. Um... what about the weighting of parameters?
Q345. Speculative Grammarian: The journal of satirical linguistics. The more you know, the funnier it is, of course.
Q344. Oh, I get it, it’s a breakdown in intertransferability of signifiers and signifieds. LOL, structural linguistics!
Q343. Here, you can find a nice recipe of gavagai with peppers.
Q342. Nogle morsomme uddrag af nogle studerendes besvarelser fra en prøve hvor de skulle beskrive lyden [w].
Q341. What is [glottochronology] anyway?
Q340. 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.
Q339. Both humorous and true! Excellent.
Q338. 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-
But now I can’t find the website!! Is there anyone out there who knows it / has mad google skills and could find it for me?
Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics
Q337. Contemplation: Profound.
Q336. I’m in love....
Q335. Now I am doubting my own rigor—just finished “skimming” this.
Q334. Speculative Grammarian is a magazine of satirical linguistic sketches.
Q333. Speculative Grammarian: I simply had to share this. I really needed a laugh today and this is what I found. It is hilarious. Enjoy.
Q332. SpecGram: ingressive nasal velar trill, anyone?
Q331. SpecGram: this is awesome
Q329. Знаете это?
Q328. Fictional Foundations of NLP, aka “Where’s my jetpack?!” I love anything quoting Manning & Schutze...
Q327. 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.
Q326. Speculative Grammarian: For a bit of fun with linguistics, a humorous site with a linguistics theme.
Q325. 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.
Q324. 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. (3 = types of N-P C in the I P A)
Q323. I think this crossword puzzle is pretty linguistigeeky too.
(I admit to hoping that I can some day actually solve it.)
Q322. Whenever you need a break from X-bar-
Q321. Ehehe. in the background of the cartoon, you can see “buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo” diagrammed out.
Q320. It is weird that “conlanging” had turned into such a bad or somehow bad thing... I never felt like it wouild endanger my life.
Q319. I am not an addict, I can stop anytime.
Q318. 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.
Q317. LOL. That is classic.
Q316. I think SpecGram has been infiltrated.
Q315. This article explores how syntactic and semantic ambiguity is significant to humor; it also gives humorous examples of lexical ambiguity.
Q314. I’m in love with the article about the Bleggish language. It’s like David Foster Wallace is channeling Ferdinand de Saussure.
Q313. Oh but how could you have missed this article! It’s brilliant! Reminds me of time cube guy.
Q312. Disappointingly, SpecGram is rarely as funny as it always seems like it should be, and this article is no exception.
Q311. Speculative Grammarian wants to help us [conlangers].
Q309. ‘ “How many languages do you speak?” A good answer: π.’
Q308. Spanish linguistics fail.
Q306. That’s cute.
Q305. 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.
Q304. You should certainly start reading Speculative Grammarian. The back issues are archived. Also, they’ve digitized and made online-
Q303. Stay abreast of breaking research in satirical linguistics with Speculative Grammarian.
Q302. I love Speculative Grammarian, and I love that article.
Q301. A comment on length reminded me of something I came across recently.