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1. Linguistics in Popular CultureAdvertisement (19 visits)

Linguistics in Popular Culture. While we at Speculative Grammarian do not believe in pandering to passing fads (which explains the dress sense of our editor-in-chief), the increasing prominence of linguistics in popular culture and a pressing need to increase our income (so we can afford new sweater vests) has led us to put together a music CD full of tracks by artists who have risen to prominence in the name of linguistics. A full track listing can be found below: Word Gets Around (Via Language Contact) Stereophonics Get Ready for This (Semester of Fieldwork in a Foreign Country) 2 Unlimited Funding Everything Changes (My Results) Take That Data Puff The Magic ... more ]

2. Vol CLXXXIV, No 2 (12 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXXIV, Number 2 ... Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief; Keith Slater, Executive Editor; Mikael Thompson, Senior Editor; Jonathan Downie, Contributing Editor; Associate Editors: Pete Bleackley, Mark Mandel; Assistant Editors: Emily Davis, Vincent Fish, Deak Kirkham, Yuval Wigderson; Editorial Associates: Joe McAvoy, James Pasto, Mary Shapiro; Joey Whitford, Comptroller General; Now Largely Insect-Free; April 2019 ... more ]

3. From the Computational Linguistics CookbookCurried Chicken (7 visits)

From the Computational, Linguistics Cookbook, Curried Chicken. This simple, down- /home recipe is a favorite among lazy-evaluating cooks, and brings closure to any well-defined meal. Who’da thunk it? Ingredients. A. All-but-garnished curried chicken. B. Garnish. Directions. Apply B to A. ... more ]

4. Vol CLV, No ε (6 visits)

SPECULATIVE GRAMMARIAN, Volume CLV, Number ε ; October 2008, Special Supplemental Issue Speculative Grammarian, Vol CLV, No ε MANAGING EDITOR, Trey Jones, EDITOR EMERITUS, Tim Pulju, SENIOR EDITOR, Keith Slater, “Those who forget history are, doomed to do badly on the test. ... more ]

5. Clearance SaleXerus & Ratufa (6 visits)

ADVERTISEMENT Clearance Sale, Xerus & Ratufa. Xerus & Ratufa, mongers and purveyors of master works of scholarship both classic and contemporary, invite the better sort of reader to share in the treasures of our amassed wealth of back titles. ... From the Advances in Historical Linguistics Series. Fergus Fingal-Ossian, The True Origins of the English Language (1995). English is typically classified by historical linguists as a West Germanic language that has developed into its present form over several millennia. This, however, is an antiquated view of the facts devised by people who had never had to teach school children. Rather, English is, was, and always shall be English, pure, simple, and unchanging, ... more ]

6. Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics (6 visits)

Choose Your Own Career in Linguistics. by Trey Jones. As a service to our young and impressionable readers who are considering pursuing a career in linguistics, Speculative Grammarian is pleased to provide the following Gedankenexperiment to help you understand the possibilities and consequences of doing so. For our old and bitter readers who are too far along in their careers to have any real hope of changing the eventual outcome, we provide the following as a cruel reminder of what might have been. Let the adventure begin ... more ] Book!

7. Why Linguistics is Not a ScienceThe SpecGram Editorial Board (6 visits)

Why Linguistics is Not a Science. The SpecGram Editorial Board. In a couple of recent editorials we have answered several of the questions most frequently submitted by SpecGram readers. Since the publication of those editorials, by far the most common question received in our offices has been, “Could please furnish us with your bank account number so we can transfer payment to you?” We cannot in good conscience accede to this request, as it violates a number of constraints and therefore suffers from what we like to call “fatal infelicity.” Another frequent question, though, is more worthy of our attention, (though only due to its being fifth on the frequency list) and it is to that more ... more ]

8. Vol CLXXXIX, No 2 (5 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXXIX, Number 2 Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief; Keith Slater, Executive Editor; Mikael Thompson, Senior Editor; Jonathan Downie, Senior Editor, Pete Bleackley, Contributing Editor, Deak Kirkham, Contributing Editor; Associate Editors: Vincent Fish, Mark Mandel; Assistant Editors: Emily Davis, Yuval Wigderson; Editorial Associates: Egan Chernoff, Luca Dinu, Joe McAvoy, Daniel Swanson, Fabian Tomaschek, Benjamin Tucker; Joey Whitford, Comptroller General; Read Widely; Written Weirdly; January 2021 ... more ]

9. Psammeticus PressChiasmus of the Month Awards (5 visits)

Psammeticus Press, Chiasmus of the Month Awards ... This somewhat irregular monthly award is a sign of our recognition of and deep appreciation for the authors’ contribution to the upholding of decent writing standards in academic literature and to the dissemination of the finest of speech figures. Winners are selected each month by our Chiastic Editor and Editorial Chiasturge. The honorees to date are listed below. Chiasmus of the Month; October 2020, Mi-Cha Flubacher, 2014, Integration Durch SpracheDie Sprache Der Integration: Eine Kritische Diskursanalyse Zur Rolle Der Sprache in Der Schweizer Und Basler Integrationspolitik ... more ]

10. The Oxford Comma: A SolutionEliza Doolittle (5 visits)

The Oxford Comma: A Solution. Eliza Doolittle. The Oxford Comma has once again raised its nasty little head in linguistic circles, thanks largely to the efforts of one Ms Truss and her book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It is time once and for all to put this little beast to rest. (No, not Ms Truss, you moron--the Oxford Comma). For those of you wondering what the Oxford Comma (OC) actually is, I have one question: what on earth are you doing reading an up-market linguistic magazine like this? So for your delectation and delight here is a definition of the OC: it’s the insertion of a comma after the penultimate item in a list, just before the and--for example, ‘coffee, cream, and ... more ] Podcast!

11. The Laziest Language on EarthAn Anthropological Linguistic Study of the Perry So-soClaude Searsplainpockets (5 visits)

Speculative Grammarian is proud to present yet another installment of indeterminate regularity in the Linguistic Anthropologic Monograph Endowment’s Bizarre Grammars of the World Series. The Laziest Language on Earth. An Anthropological Linguistic Study of the Perry So-so. Bizarre Grammars of the World, Vol. 61, Introduction. Back in 1922, my Historical Linguistics professor, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, noted that ease of articulation is a driving force in language changehence the regular occurrence of lenition rulesbut the opposing need to maintain a clear communication channel prevents everything from degenerating to a long low mid vowel. Turns out he was ... more ] Podcast! Book!

12. Archives (5 visits)

SpecGram Archives. A word from our Senior Archivist, Holger Delbrück: While bringing aging media to the web and hence the world is truly a labor of love, SpecGram tries the passion of even the most ardent admirer. Needless to say, we’ve fallen behind schedule. At every turn, the authors found in the pages of this hallowed journal stretch credibility with their gratuitous font mongeringfirst it was the IPA, then a few non-standard transcription systems, then Greek, and not just the alphabet, but the entire diacritical mess, and now I’ve got some god-forsaken Old Church Slavonic glyph sitting on my desk that no one can even name, and which would give the Unicode Consortium ... more ]

13. The Quotta and the Quottiod: Punctuation Designed for Linguists, by LinguistsVére Çélen (5 visits)

The Quotta and the Quottiod. Punctuation Designed for Linguists, by Linguists. Vére Çélen, l’École de SpecGram, Cheboksary, Chuvashia. It is not news to linguists that particular forms of punctuation can be problematic. One frequent source of considerable friction in certain circles is the unending debate over whether and when (and, increasingly, why) commas and periods go inside or outside quotation marksespecially when they are not actually part of the material to be quoted. Typically careful linguists usually prefer not to include punctuation in a quoted citation form or gloss, while many punctilious punctuationally prescriptivist publishers demand they be ... more ] Podcast!

14. Cartoon Theories of LinguisticsPart EPhonetics vs. PhonologyHilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. (5 visits)

Cartoon Theories of Linguistics, Part E—Phonetics vs. Phonology. Hilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. Unintentional University of Lghtnbrgstn. We will skip the introduction, as we have been there, done that. Once more into the breach! For this installment in our series on Cartoon Theories of Linguistics, we will turn our attention to Phonetics and Phonology and the difference between the two: Phonetics:, ... Phonology:, ... Thanks to Professor Phlogiston, of the Unintentional University of Lghtnbrgstn, for the opportunity of a lifetime, as a student, to, on this occasion, share with so many of my fellow linguisticians my views, as illustrated above, concerning matters, which are of such immeasurable import ... more ] Merch! Book!

15. Merchandise (5 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Merchandise. Introduction. In order to lend a hand to our good friends and steadfast supporters over at the Linguist List during their 2006 fund drive, we prepared a small selection of limited edition SpecGram merchandise, including T-shirts, stickers and magnets. Originally these items were only available as prizes awarded as part of the Linguist List fund drive. In 2012, several of the SpecGram editors suffered from a rare form of collective frontal lobe damage, which made it seem like a good idea to put together a SpecGram book. The result in 2013 was The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics. In 2014, Editor Mikael Thompson entered a deep fugue ... more ]

16. Letters to the Editor (CLI.3) (4 visits)

Letters to the Editor, double-dot wide-o To the most respected Editors, In the fall I’ll be a first-year grad student in linguistics at R––– University. A couple of the current fourth-years told me that the International Phonetic Association was adding several new symbols for sounds that have previously been considered to have questionable status as phonemes. They said that the most contentious new addition was double-dot wide-O, a nasal-ingressive voiceless velar trill. I’ve leafed through several back issues of SpecGram, Language, and a few other journals. I’ve searched the Linguist List archives, and scoured the web. I can’t find anything about it ... more ] Podcast! Merch!

17. The Lexicalist AgendaExposing the MythsQuentin Popinjay Snodgrass, Ph.D. (4 visits)

The Lexicalist Agenda, Exposing the Myths. by Quentin Popinjay Snodgrass, Ph.D.. The Reality of Lexicalism. My first encounter with lexicalism was not in an adversarial context. I hadn’t thought much about lexicalism, so, for the most part, I hadn’t developed a theory of what lexicalism was, what led to its espousal, or what, if anything, should be done about it. I was simply repulsed by it and thought it was immoral. Professor I. M. Underhanded (not his name) was a good friend from a nearby university (for their protection, I won’t say which). Though he seemed somewhat skeptical of the Minimalist Program, it never crossed my mind that he might be a lexicalist. Our friendship revolved around our ... more ]

18. Lingua PrancaAutodescriptivesLeonard Talmy (3 visits)

Autodescriptives. Leonard Talmy, Neuropsychiatric Institute UCLA. haplogy, metasethis, apocop, sync’pe, epenethesis, rhotarism, assimination, asphiration, gemmination, affrichation, glotʔtalization/gloʔʔals, reduduplication, frönting, voized, fownɛDɪk, morph-eme-s, suffixed, genitive’s, noun, noun phrase, adjectival, adverbially, NP[ADJ[labeled]ADJ N[bracketing]N]NP, conjunction and/or disjunction, This is a complex sentence because it has a subordinate clause. ... more ]

19. About Us (3 visits)

Speculative Grammarian and Our Story. The august journal Speculative Grammarian has a long, rich, and varied history, weaving an intricate and subtle tapestry from disparate strands of linguistics, philology, history, politics, science, technology, botany, pharmacokinetics, computer science, the mathematics of humor, basket weaving, archery, glass blowing, roller coaster design, and bowling, among numerous other, less obvious fields. SpecGram, as it is known to devotees and sworn enemies alike, has for centuries sought to bring together the greatest yet least understood minds of the time, embedding itself firmly in the cultural and psychological matrix of the global society while ... more ] Podcast!

20. Grey Duck or Goose?Mapping variation in a children’s game in MinnesotaSven Slater and Ollie Bickford (3 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Youth Research Focus is proud to bring you the finest language-related research by the world’s school-aged youth. Grey Duck or Goose?, Mapping variation in a children’s game in Minnesota. Fifth Grade Science Fair Project, by Sven Slater and Ollie Bickford, J. O. Nelson Public School, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA. Research Question. Last year, a new kid named Tyler P. joined our fourth grade class. Tyler was from Illinois or some other southern state, and she told us that down there kids play “duck, duck, goose,” instead of “duck, duck, grey duck” like we do here in Minnesota. We thought this was strange, even for the South, but then we ... more ] Podcast! Book!

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