Dear Editors of SpecGram,
I have been closely following the discussion of center embedding in the pages of your journal (Küçük, Palin, Drome, and M.Adam), but have been reluctant to weigh in lest I be thought a crackpot. But given the recent call for further research, I’ve decided to risk what is left of my good name.
Palin’s geomagnetic reversal theory is a load of bunk, if I may be so blunt. I have another theory that fits the pivot data just as well as Palin’s “theory”. Suppose speakers of Mam and its linguistic descendants have had as a culturally transmitted collective goal the desire to supplant one or more of English, French, Russian, and Arabic as global “pivot languages” for multi-
That makes as much sense as Palin’s ludicrous geomagnetic reversals, Drome’s unfounded military explanations, or M.Adam’s ridiculous etymologies. Given my experience with Shigudo, I do not throw around such accusations lightly.
We, the community of linguistic scholars, do desperately need to get back to the data, as Küçük did, especially in the languages newly identified as relevant by the Research Staff of Edu-
Dear Professor Gladstone-Chamberlain,
We would never wish to dispute a distinguished scholar as reputable as yourself, and your analysis is certainly novel. By the most amazing coincidence, one of our editors has discovered a fascinating manuscript that sheds more important historical light on the subject. We will be devoting the letter from the editor to this important primary source in our next regular issue (August 2009). We look forward to your thoughts on the matter.
I found the history and results of the so-
Yes, you are quite correct. Apparently not only are most linguists bad at mathematics, so are their accountants. Floggings and firings have commenced. We have also sent Mr. Spero a second registered letter (also at a cost of $2.14) with the updated amount he now owes us ($3.55).
To Whom It May Concern,
In a recent letter from the editor, you seemed to have created a nonce insult by referring to your readers as “panting and drooling ... Pavlovian Linguists”. I will have you know that Pavlovian Linguistics is a well-
Oh, we knew exactly what we were doing. You are all a bunch of yod-
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-