Part of our mission here at SpecGram is to educate as well as
mock those who inform. The linguistics community is notorious for using words in ways that may be unfamiliar to people outside the field. This puzzle provides two sets of definitions for some of these words: one as intended by linguists, and one for what their non-
All of the answer words share a common property that can be used to find a bonus word. The puzzle creators may provide a clue, even if not asked to do so.
Morpheme indicating a grammatical function
Voice that is between active and passive
Where to find Malcolm? (6)
No longer producing new words
Like a lazy worker (12)
The act of replacing a form with one from an unrelated word, such as “went” for “go”
An instance of providing something lacking [uncommon] (10)
Metaphrase as a type of translation
A fixed value in computer code (7)
Adjective describing a verb form inflected for number and person
Type of phonetics studying physical properties of speech sounds
Unamplified, as a musical instrument (8)
Relating to the use of language in a social context, rather than to its grammar or phonetics
Semantic role undergoing or affected by an action
Able to wait calmly (7)
Relating to a pronoun referring to both the speaker and the addressee
Counting the extremal elements of a range (9)
Verbal feature often lumped in with tense and aspect
Emotional state (4)
Type of word expressing a grammatical relationship without lexical content
Mathematical relation uniquely associating each element of a domain with an element of a range (8)
Send your solution to the editors of SpecGram by September 15, 2021, and you could win some SpecGram merch. The correct solutions and winners will be announced in the upcoming October issue of Speculative Grammarian.
The solution to last issues’s fairly difficult* domino-
Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch of their choosing:
Cindy Almond •
Vincent Fish •
Congrats to all!
* You puzzlers need to up your game, though. The Scriptomino puzzles are only going to get worse. Heh, heh, heh. —Eds.
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