Historical Reviews of Contemporaneous Interest—Tish O’Clair and Colin Fait SpecGram Vol CLXXXVIII, No 3 Contents Triskaideka-Cryptolinguistic Puzzle—Mary Shapiro

Things Not to Write on Your Funding ProposalsPart II

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 2 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 final two of a trio of fuller examples are included at the end of the collection, should your will to live hold out that far.

Background & Objectives




Publication & Reviewers

Sample #2

With very few exceptions (e.g. George Soros), it is known that most Esperantists live on or near the breadline (Bread & Line 1972, 2015). The study aims to address the as-yet unanswered question: what is the causal relationship between Esperantism (Eo) and socio-economic non-attainment (SENA)? Five possible options will be considered following Zam & Hof (1887): Eo causes SENA; SENA causes Eo; both are caused by some independent third variable (e.g. loser-ness); there is no causal relationship; who cares?

Primary data will be gathered using a semi-structured interview technique and think-alouds. The study will interview 1,009 Esperantists from 12.8 countries first in Esperanto, then for control purposes in Georgian about a) causes of the First World War and b) (if time allows) the participant’s individual socio-economic history and engagement with Esperanto.

Impact: We’re working on this.

Sample #3

Building on recent work by Hengest & Horsa (2013), O’Fa (2004) and Al-Fre & de Greyed (2017), the study will seek to validate Kay Newt’s six-point typology of ‘Old English’: Just-Got-Off-the-Longboat, Very Old, Old, Nearly New, Brand New and About-to-Be-William-the-Conquered.

Methodology: Research team will disembark a set of longboats from Kent, UK, and fight their way westwards across England for around half a millenium. All interactions will be narrowly transcribed and coded for relevant morphosyntactic properties and pragmatic exponents after which a validatory six-fold division will be imposed on the resultant corpus.

Proposed location: Winchester then London.

* 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.

Historical Reviews of Contemporaneous InterestTish O’Clair and Colin Fait
Triskaideka-Cryptolinguistic PuzzleMary Shapiro
SpecGram Vol CLXXXVIII, No 3 Contents