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1. Vol CLXXX, No ρ (430 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXX, Number ρ ... Speculative Grammarian, in association with Psammeticus Press, is proud to present a special supplemental monograph: The Perplexed Linguist’s Guide to English Departments, by Athanasious Schadenpoodle, Trey Jones, Managing Editor Keith Slater, Executive Editor Bill Spruiell, Monograph Editor, The Perplexed Linguist’s Guide to English Departments Mid-November 2017 ... more ]

2. Vol CLXXX, No 1 (379 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Volume CLXXX, Number 1 Special Teaching Issue I, Sponsored by Rosetta Stein ... Trey Jones, Editor-in-Chief Keith Slater, Executive Editor, Associate Editors, Pete Bleackley Jonathan Downie Mikael Thompson, Assistant Editors, Virginia Bouchard Mark Mandel Yuval Wigderson, Editorial Associates, Brenda Boerger Florian Breit Bethany Carlson Madalena Cruz-Ferreira Vincent Fish Anita G. Gorman Beth Martyn Tel Monks Bill Spruiell Don Unger Sheri Wells-Jensen, Joey Whitford, Comptroller General Trinken Sie Bier, zum gut studier! November 2017 ... more ]

3. The Perplexed Linguist’s Guide to English DepartmentsAthanasious Schadenpoodle (366 visits)

The Perplexed Linguist’s Guide to English Departments. Now with Footnotes! Athanasious Schadenpoodle. So, Dear Reader, you have completed your Ph.D. in Linguistics (yay you!), run headlong into the grim realities of the modern job market (poor you!), broadened your ideas about possible teaching contexts (smart you!) and landed a gig in an English department (lucky you?). You’ve potentially got the base of the Maslovian pyramid covered for at least a semester, but you’re in a rather alien environment, surrounded by people who talk funny in a way that Dialectology 501 never prepared you for and who have some markedly odd folkways. Some culture shock is inevitable, but a little knowledge can go a long ... more ]

4. Cartoon Theories of LinguisticsPart EPhonetics vs. PhonologyHilário Parenchyma, C.Phil. (203 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!

5. Linguistics Nerd CampBethany Carlson (179 visits)

Linguistics Nerd Camp. Bethany Carlson. Colorless green ideas ROCK! ... Esta chica con las grafas enseña lingüística ... WORD-I-NESS ... more ]

6. The Phonology TestUlfheðnar ber Sarkur (175 visits)

The Phonology Test. Ulfheðnar ber Sarkur. Ahh, the phonology test! It’s a rite of passage among linguists-to-be. There are those who grok the interplay of phonemes and the ordering of phonological processes, and there are those who decide to question whether such complex mechanisms could be instantiated in the human subconscious and whether their apparent existence is merely the echo of historical processes. That second type also tends to drop phonology by the second prelim and scurry off to some “philosophy of language” classwhich is not even taught by the linguistics department, for crying out loud! Dr. Professor Noarn Chornskywho has recently moved to take up a ... more ]

7. Teaching Undergraduates Without SlanderA. Nonymous & B. Nonymous (165 visits)

Teaching Undergraduates Without Slander. A. Nonymous & B. Nonymous, Not Your Department, Some Other University. The central trait of any credentialed linguist is perhaps the unshakeable belief that oneself and one’s intellectual cronies are thick in the pursuit of language, while other schools or factions are merely doing linguistics. In the training of our graduate students, who have already chosen to walk the path of jaded academic one-up-manship, we feel no compunctions about letting rip on the inadequacies of the less enlightened. Indeed, our grad students are actually happiest when a class period is wholly devoted to decrying the weaknesses of the weak; nothing strokes their burgeoning ... more ]

8. Teaching LinguisticsA Letter from the SpecGram Editorial Board (164 visits)

Teaching Linguistics. A Letter from the SpecGram Editorial Board. Around 2010, the discipline of Linguistics was the experiencer of a collective gasp, as we corporately realized that teaching undergraduates is not really very much like teaching graduate students. This fact may have been driven home by the flocking of undergraduate students away from the Humanities, though if that were the main cause it’s just possible that we might have noticed it a tad sooner.1 In any case, leaders within our field called for change from the top, and since around 2014 the journal Language has included a section devoted to the pedagogy of linguistics.2 We at Speculative Grammarian believe that ... more ]

9. Letters to the Editor (CLXXX.1) (151 visits)

Letters to the Editor. Editors of SpecGram, One of the difficulties with teaching linguistics is coming up with data for problem sets. We of course want the data to be naturalistic, but not too complex or irregular. It feels like a lie of omission to leave out crucial but irregular parts of a paradigm to simplify students’ homework; doubly so when the language source of the data is identified. The last thing we want is for students to feel that they’ve learned a real world “fact” that is untrue. Some professorsand the TAs who ape themconcoct data from thin air. While this seems harmless enough, graduate students should be aware that this is the thin end of the wedge ... more ]

10. Special Supplemental Letter from the Editor (150 visits)

Special Supplemental Letter from the Editor. The age of innocence has come to an end: You are stranger in a strange landa linguist in an English department. A brave new world, it is, but you find yourself in a catch-22. While obviously not a native son,* you don’t really want to admit to being the stranger that you are. Do you endure one hundred years of solitude, known as a misanthrope and forever among the outsiders, or do you jump straight to the heart of the matter and ask for guidance from your colleagues? A fine balance must be struck, lest your reputation be reduced to a handful of dust, or, ostracized, you become an invisible man;** your career become an American tragedy, the ... more ]

11. Teaching Linguistics in High SchoolSven Slater and Ollie Bickford (150 visits)

Speculative Grammarian Youth Research Focus is proud to bring you the finest language-related research by the world’s school-aged youth. Teaching Linguistics in High School. Sven Slater and Ollie Bickford, J.R. Nelson, Jr. High School, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA. Introduction. We were required to do an experiment for this year’s High School Science Fair. Our teacher didn’t seem to have any good suggestions for topics, so we called up our old 5th Grade teacher Mr. Olson and asked him if he had any suggestions. He said that linguists have been trying to develop a curriculum for teaching Linguistics in High Schools, and that they probably would appreciate having some ... more ]

12. A Classroom-Based Study of Semantic Entailments: Definiteness, Specificity, and Anaphoric Reference in English, French, and GermanSkiffy Bafflegab (150 visits)

A Classroom-Based Study of Semantic Entailments: Definiteness, Specificity, and Anaphoric Reference in English, French, and German. by Skiffy Bafflegab, Lecturer in Semantic Theory, University of the Four Corners, New Mexico Campus. Introduction. Definiteness and specificity are longstanding topics of research in semantics; in a pre-theoretical view, definiteness indicates that the speaker asserts the hearer can identify the referent of a noun, while specificity indicates only that the speaker herself can identify it. For the most part, specificity is important with indefinite nouns: ‘I’m looking for a French book. Do you have it (spec)/one (non-spec)?’ From a ... more ]

13. LinguimericksBook ४५ (142 visits)

Linguimericks, Book ४५. I’ve laid out my plans for the class: Twenty lectures, each a critical mass that the students must master; though if this year’s like last year the first two lectures through the whole term will last —Morris Swadesh III, Students looking for linguistic heroes Soon learn instead to celebrate zeroes Since almost every conundrum From arcane to humdrum Is a cinch without an empirical pose —Mannfrum van Tuckett, From standing in loco parentis To students, most non compos mentis, Who enact Barbarella or Blue Velvetnunc De Laur- entiis timeo et dona ferentis —Pumptilian Perniquity, So your shiny new title is “Adjunct”— And ... more ]

14. Teacher, Teacher On The Wall...Mead D’’Cruft (141 visits)

Teacher, Teacher On The Wall.... Mead D’’Cruft. Many linguistics teachers have a habit of splashing their IDs across laboriously crafted plaques hanging on/outside their office doors. The purpose seems to be to help students and other incidental passers-by navigate the proverbial dull uniformity of academic corridors, on three assumptions: That students can read. That students will read. That students can and will retain what they read. That these assumptions are manifestly unfounded emerges from data gleaned from one particular door identifying its bouncer as Dr Madalena Cruz-Ferreira The exact same text was found in countless printed/printable documents diligently circulated among each student cohort, at ... more ]

15. About Us (141 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!

16. Linguistics 897 TA Training/Practicum CourseL’École de SpecGram (140 visits)

Linguistics 897 TA Training/ Practicum Course, Spring Semester 2018, Syllabus. L’École de SpecGram, Paris (Texas), USA. Course Goal: This course is limited to Graduate students who are currently serving as Teaching Assistants. The goal of the course is to help you survive your first semester as a TA, and secondarily to prepare you for a lifetime of teaching Linguistics. Grading: A simple test will be administered at the last class session. Each student will be asked a single question, and all those who answer calmly will receive an “A” grade. Questions will be of the form What are “phonemes” and what do I need to know about them for the test? Instructor: ... more ]

17. Archives (140 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 ]

18. Rosetta SteinGerman Language Delivery SystemAdvertisement (139 visits)

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19. The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics (132 visits)

The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics . For decades, Speculative Grammarian has been the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguisticsand now it is available in book formboth physical and electronic! We wish we were kidding, but no, seriously, we’ve published a large collection of SpecGram articles, along with just enough new material to force obsessive collectors and fans to buy it, regardless of the cost. From the Introduction: The past twenty-five years have witnessed many changes in linguistics, with major developments in linguistic theory, significant expansion in language description, and even ... more ]

20. A Study of L2 Writing Skills Acquisition under Conditions of BiostressJohn Carsey-Brasco and Neddy Jacks (131 visits)

A Study of L2 Writing Skills Acquisition under Conditions of Biostress. by John Carsey-Brasco and Neddy Jacks, Independent Scholars, Austin, Texas. Introduction. There has been extensive research recently on the effectiveness of writing conferences (WCs) in second-language writing acquisition. However, due to showing up late to seminar on the day research topics had to be turned in and failure to read the assigned reading beforehand, the meaning of the abbreviation was misinterpreted, and for the current study topic there is no other research. This study is thus exploratory research, or as our seminar leader phrased it, a flash1 in the pan. The research questions were: R1. What were the ... more ]

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