Hoity-Toity and Hurdy-Gurdy Romance in the Classical Period: An Overview—Llodio Q. Terenciano SpecGram Vol CLXXXVIII, No 1 Contents The SpecGram Linguistic Enhancement of English Project (SLEEP)

Things Not to Write on Your Funding ProposalsPart I

G. Reed, A. Varice, & M. Ammon
X. Quizzit Korps Center for Advanced Collaborative Studies

Conscious of the need to improve the positive social impact of our organization, we’ve decided it was time to branch out further into studies that could improve the lot of the average linguistic researcher. We thus had our interns submit 10,000 funding proposals each to different funders around the world. We could have carefully analysed the content of successful and unsuccessful proposals and highlighted specific words, sentences and phrases linked with rejection. Instead, we gave the interns the weekend off and here present part 1 of 2 of a hodgepodge of disastrous, fruitless and ill-fated examples from our corpus.* You, as a linguistic researcher, should be quite capable of capturing the relevant generalizations.

In addition to the woeful snippets, the first of a trio of fuller examples is included at the end of the collection, should your will to live hold out that far.

Background & Objectives




Publication & Reviewers


Sample #1

Application: To date, little to no work has been undertaken on the naturalness of Hobbit-Gandalf spoken interactions in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. We build on previous work on Luke SkywalkerAnakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) spoken interactions in The Empire Strikes Back, which are generally taken to be indistinguishable from ‘real world’ spoken interaction (e.g. Smith & Wesson 2017 on London pub conversations; Weeves and Jooster 1932 on hostage negotiation scenarios). Focusing on particular aspects of interaction (pauses; use of fillers of ‘sarcastic surprise’ (Jeez, no WAY bro, [juh] whaaaaa:t?); overlaps of 1.5 seconds or greater; and other-initiated continuations of (philosophical) question ~ (irrelevant) response adjacency pairs), the study intends to empirically demonstrate the authenticity (Hide-Ranger, 1998) and naturalness (O’Kay, 2000) of Hobbit-Gandalf spoken interactions, thereby making the argument that Jackson’s trilogy was both ‘really, really good’ and ‘ace’ (Al-Rond, 3012), not only cinematographically and in scope and design and execution but also in terms of the linguistic beautness of its scriptwriting.

Impact: We get to travel to New Zealand.

Investigator profiles: Dr Sam Wise and Professor Jan Delf. Between us we’ve watched LoTR and The Hobbit trilogy more times than Gandalf pulls a deus ex machina. We have limited experience in spoken interaction of any kind other than about sci-fi and fantasy films, but feel that in talking to each other about this funding application, we have gained sufficient experience to understand experientially and intuitively what ‘conversation’ is.

* We also could have presented a smorgasbord of effective, productive and successful models from our corpus, but we’ve got to hold on to some sort of edge over the competition.

Hoity-Toity and Hurdy-Gurdy Romance in the Classical Period: An OverviewLlodio Q. Terenciano
The SpecGram Linguistic Enhancement of English Project (SLEEP)
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