Don’t Baby That Baby, Baby—A Letter from the Editor-at-Bat—Butch McBastard SpecGram Vol CLXVIII, No 2 Contents Linguistics Nerd Camp—Bethany Carlson

Book १

When Roget first wrote his Thesaurus,
There were many who thought it might bore us,
But others did raise
Its clamorous praise
Like a hymn, or an anthem, or chorus.
—Pete Bleackley

There once was a translation scholar
Whose students did nothing but holler.
At the mention of Barthes,
They would sneeze, burp and fart
So he changed all their textbooks to Koller.
—Col. O. Nihilist

There once was a linguist from Phuket
Who talked Thai with Nan from Nantucket.
He came to a stop
And asked “What means รอบ?”
And slapped her when she told him “circuit.”
—Pumptilian Perniquity

Once there stood a man in God-knows-where,
With tape machine and two notepads spare.
Neither pen nor batt’ries
Worked for their salaries,
As is the case with fieldwork anywhere.
—Phrançoise Phonétique

There once was a minimalist who,
Transcribed every vowel as just [u]
His ear was pure tin,
But his theory was in
[su u sturtud duuŋ ut tu]
—Sheri Wells-Jensen

After writing a long dissertation
On the theme of debuccalization,
I find that my mind
Is no longer inclined
To delve into phonologization.
—Morris Swadesh III

Don’t Baby That Baby, BabyA Letter from the Editor-at-BatButch McBastard
Linguistics Nerd CampBethany Carlson
SpecGram Vol CLXVIII, No 2 Contents