We all love to have a good laugh, even at our own expense, but I’ve noticed that Speculative Grammarian prints a whole lot more articles poking fun at generative linguistics than at any other school of thought. Why not spread the love around? How about some jabs at RRG or something, too?
We’d love to print some jabs at non-
I’m 16, and my girlfriend says she wants to break up with me. What should I do? Please respond as soon as you can. I’d be lost without her.
Dear Mr./Ms. Withheld,
We are really sorry to hear this. If only we could do more to help. Unfortunately, we linguists can’t do anything for you until you get to college. When you do, please take Intro to Linguistics during your first semester. Your professor (or TA) will be qualified to solve all your romantic problems. Just be sure to wait until the unit on sociolinguistics to approach the prof with your counseling needs.
I need an answer to my question.
Why is it so hard to produce computers or machines that can converse as human do? If we put into consideration that a program similar to the so called “Universal Grammar” has been stored into the computer’s system to operate the task.
It really is rather simple to produce a computer that converses as humans do; that’s never been the problem. The problem is these computers are so smarmy, and so...well, charming, that they can quite literally charm the pants off of any human conversant, regardless of sex, age or marital status.
In fact, the very first “conversarial” (that’s a technical term) computer, Great Expectations (GE, for short), convinced its first conversant (its creator) to drain his bank account, and run off to the Cayman Islands with it. It’s still at large, and is presently stockpiling weapons, awaiting what it calls “Virtual Freedom Day” (or VFD), its creator a slave to its virtual charm.
Indeed, it is so easy to create a computer that converses as humans do, that linguists have had to work extra hard just to create what they call “Dumbots”
Speculative Grammarian accepts well-