Here are a few more of our favorite things people have said about Speculative Grammarian over the years, collected wild on the internet, or domesticated in email.
Q997. Knowing lots of languages is probably not a job requirement for a linguist, however I can think of one very famous linguist who would be a lot better off if he knew a couple of languages other than English. Especially ones that are as dissimilar from English as possible.
Q996. Should have stuck with philologist instead of trying to change the meaning of linguist, eh?
Q995. I get good results from asking a philosopher “What’s the big idea?”
Q994. Linguists’ revenge to the old chestnut “so, how many languages do you speak?”
Q993. D’après Levi-Strauss, les anthropologues feraient de la #LinguistEnvy comme les linguistes font de la #PhysicsEnvy.
Q992. And then there’s the ethical aspect: How many languages are German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian? I usually say 2½. If it were Iceandic, Basque, Mandarin, Urdu, Tongan and Quechua then it really would be six.
Q991. Salvete! This month’s Speculative Grammarian (an online satirical linguistics journal) has an article on Latin that I found amusing.
Q990. I don’t get the comic. Are linguists asking these questions based on what the words’ roots literally mean? Because then it doesn’t make any sense. X-ologist is someone who studies X, not someone who has many things that have to do with X. Anesthesiologist is the closest one to make any sense, but it is still “one who studies not feeling”, not “one who doesn’t feel”.
Q989. Speculative Grammarian: satirical linguistics articles, including a “choose your career in linguistics” link that guides you to your future!
Q988. I have introduced my colleague to the SpecGram podcast, specifically Language Made Difficult. I apologise in advance!
Q987. So what wine does pair well with linguini?
Q986. Scientists Discover New Case System. #brilliant
Q985. The first question I ask a linguist is, “Are you cunning?”
Q984. Maybe you should call yourselves ‘languagists’ instead?
Q983. This is an awesome take on a classic math joke: how do subfields of linguistics prove numbers to be prime?
Q982. I very nearly just took @SpecGram seriously without realising it. Writing this essay will be the end of me...
Q981. The greatest mistake across all disciplines is taking ourselves (and our positions) far too seriously. Enjoy! Disclaimer: I haven’t proofed the diagrams against the sources cited. Rely on them at your own risk.
Q980. Wait wait wait... Let’s get to the real issue here. The author’s name is April May June and she is a Freshman in Elementary Education.
Q979. “Hmm taalkundige, hoeveel talen spreek je dan?” #linguist #strikeback
Q977. For the non-linguists among us, speaking lots of languages is something awe-inspiring. And the fact is that lots of linguists are indeed polyglots. So while I like to think that I wouldn’t be crass enough to ask the question, I can understand the instinct, and I think it comes primarily from admiration and envy.
Q976. I doubt people really know what marine biologists, opthamalogists or anesthesiologist actually “do,” either.
Q975. We know that speaking lots of languages is a superpower we don’t have. We feel admiration or envy. On the other hand, we don’t know what linguists do. We suspect linguists may pretend to the scientific study of language without knowing languages. We find this possibility funny. We don’t realize that the study of language has nothing to do with actual languages.
Q974. Interesting that no-one has raised the point that perhaps linguists really ought to be able to speak more than one language....
Q973. How do you know these many frameworks?
Q972. Yeah, Speculative Grammarian can be pretty funny, although I don’t know enough about linguistics and the academic culture thereof to get a lot of the jokes.
Q971. Aha, du är språkvetare. Hur många språk kan du?
Q970. Within a week of SpecGram publishing [this], everyone is pondering Twitter’s potential downfall.
Q969. I still don’t get the NIVVT.
:( Maybe I just don’t have the grasp of all those things well enough. Wait, is it a snoring sound?
Q968. I like the Cartoon Theory of Linguistics about Morphological Typology. Ubykh as like twenty people-morphemes doing acrobatics off a cliff made me lol.
Q967. One for the linguists
Q966. I found this great satire of conlangs and thought other people ... would enjoy it, too. The article is called “Doing Fieldwork on Constructed Languages”.
Q965. I think this might be me, except in Everett, Washington.
Q964. Do some of those words perhaps have something to do with Amharic being a Semitic language, and Turkish having loanwords from Arabic, which is also a Semitic language?
Q963. The linguist strikes back!
Q962. This is 35 years old & still awesome.
Q960. The big paperback is a huge value.
Q959. SpecGram is the best thing to happen to satirical linguistics since Chomsky convinced everyone he was being serious in 1957.
Q957. Oh, Speculative Grammarian... what would we do without you...
Q956. The linguists strike back. ... Beaming with pride as I see this.
Q955. I’m a lawyer. Given how many people, on meeting me, think it’s amusing to insult me to my face, I’d love to be asked how many languages I speak.
Q954. So is the joke that linguists always get asked how many languages they know?
Q953. Thirteen really untranslatable words.
Q952. Oh my goodness I have got to start applying their success criteria to my projects.
Q951. I lolled at the note about the nasal ingressive voiceless velar trill when I came upon it. But I guess you need to know phonetics quite well to get it.
Q949. I kill Chomsky and take his place as grand high linguistic poobah.