From the Editors Ps. Q. Vol XVI, No 3 Contents Mountain Dialect Baffles East European Phonologists—G. D. Duvkal


   I ran across a copy of your journal (Vol. XVI, No. 2) in the Current Numbers section of the Lhasa Municipal Linguistics Library, and was appalled to find you so far behind the current scholarship in matters of human language acquisition by non-humans. You even went so far as to suggest that Yeti might not be able to learn human languages.
   The fact is, however, that Yeti trading professionals are currently transacting business in over 45 nations of the worldin the languages of their international partners! I myself am fluent in English, French, Chinese, Latin and Esperanto.
   Please update your research.
            Mindu Toshi Dlih
            Chairman and
                Chief Executive Officer
                Yeti Nation
            P.O. Box 16

Dear Mr Dlih:
   Thank you for your input.

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   On behalf of the community of linguiststheoreticians and field researchers alikeI really must protest Keith Slater’s (Vol. XVI, No. 2) completely unprovoked attack on various areas within our profession. His article, by the way, demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of all areas of linguistic investigation. But then, this comes as no great surprise; I have observed a notable lack of insight in all of his articles, in this publication and elsewhere.
   I can only hope that Ps. Q. will see fit to replace this charlatan with someone at least a little bit capablepreferably a semanticist.
            D. C. Slater

   We will do no such thing. Buzz off.

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   The Letter from the Editors in Vol. XV, No. 4 called my phonological theories “worthless.” Please explain this unprovoked and utterly unsubstantiated attack.
            Vladimir Ulyanov

Dear Nick:
   Whoops! Printer’s error. The text should have read “brilliant” rather than “worthless.”

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Dear Sirs,
   My bridge club was wondering what you call it when you switch two sounds around in a word, like “aminal” for “animal”. Is there a word for this?
            Curious in Grand Rapids

Dear Curious:
   Of course there is.

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Gentlemen (and I use the term loosely):
   A friend of mine recently showed me the issue of your journal containing Doug Files’ article “Theta Roles in Ayutla Mixtec” (Vol. XIV, No. 3). Before I issue my complaint, let me say that I found Files’ article intriguing, if questionable in a few of its particulars. However, I must object to his reference to my work in the same area as “exceptionally inane,” especially since he furnishes no arguments or evidence to support his conclusion. Unless this was a misstatement, I demand that he, or you, present those arguments.
            Ferdinand de Saussure

Dear Fred:
   Whoops! It was a misstatement. Mr. Files meant to say “exceptionally insane.

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Distinguished Sirs,
   Please help! I have a Ph.D. in Chinese phonology and am desperately seeking employment. You have offices and agents across the worldhave you heard of any openings in this fieldany at all?
            Jung Gwo Hwa

Jung Syansheng:
   According to our information, there are no such jobs available, even at low pay, nor will there be any anytime soon. None at all. Zero. Sorry.

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From the Editors
Mountain Dialect Baffles East European Phonologists—G. D. Duvkal
Ps. Q. Vol XVI, No 3 Contents