For decades, Speculative Grammarian has been the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics
We wish we were kidding,1 but no, seriously, we’ve published a large3 collection of SpecGram articles, along with just enough new material to force obsessive collectors and fans to buy it, regardless of the cost.4
From the Introduction:
The past twenty-
This book concentrates on those branches of linguistics which have always been considered central to the field: animal communication, third language acquisition, linguistic love poetry. That said, some of the most important recent advances have come in ancillary subdisciplines, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and historical linguistics. Therefore, you’ll also find complete chapters on those subjects, along with other major topics such as sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, typology, and fieldwork.
3 In fact, probably the most important part.
4 Previous volumes are no longer in print, and, unfortunately, not found in any major university libraries. The Folger Shakespeare Library used to have a copy of the 1592 edition, but it was eaten by rats.
5 Not were cute, are cute, right now, in the 21st century.
As you can plainly see, there is plenty of the usual high SpecGram quality inside this volume. There is considerable quality outside the (physical) book as well. The spine features the finest faux Corinthian and/or Venusian “leather” “finish”, making it suitable for placement alongside your finest volumes of literature, linguistics, or philology.5 The cover features a potentially prizeworthy photo6 that gives an intimate inside look at the life of a SpecGram editor while making you realize that your own hoarding problem isn’t really that bad.
All this can be had for only $12.99 or less! Metric pricing in £ (G. €, Fr. €, Sp. €, It. €, Can. $ ) is available as well, and has been provided by the Metric Interns.
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Visit a fine online retailer to buy your copy today!8
“Don’t wait for Jon Stewart or Louis C.K. to do something with linguistics
— it ain’t gonna happen. Just get this book and give a copy to everyone who needs a laugh.”
—Stephen Dodson, Languagehat
“Linguists, pick up a copy of this delightful book if you haven’t already.”
—Ben Zimmer, on Facebook
“[D]ie-hard linguists will go crazy for it. ... A definite must read for Linguists or those who just like language and have some time on their hands. It made me have some fond memories of tape recorders and the numerous ways people can pronounce a vowel. ... PS: I want to be a vowelkyrie.”
—Melissa Reynard, If It Has Words...
“The editors and contributors obviously know their stuff, don’t take themselves (or their discipline) over-
seriously, and enjoy playing with linguistics, language, and languages to create something new, amusing, and (dare we say) even educational at times. The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics provides a light- hearted romp for those unafraid to plunge into the invigorating and hilarious waters of ‘satirical linguistics.’ ”
—Don Boozer, Language Creation Society
“SpecGram has now condensed centuries of satirical linguistic articles, comics and pearls of wisdom into a single book. ... [T]his compilation makes a tidy package, a pleasant bit of browsing, and a convenient gift for the book-
loving linguist. ... There is also some additional material in this book — it’s worth it for the self- defining glossary of linguistic terms alone.”
—Lauren Gawne, Superlinguo
Once you’ve bought a copy for yourself and all your friends and come to love it more than life itself, here’s all the information you need to give to your favorite library to encourage them to buy six or eight copies, too:
Title: The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics
Editors: Trey Jones, Keith W. Slater, Bill Spruiell, Tim Pulju, David J. Peterson
Publisher: Speculative Grammarian Press
Publication Date: July 2013
Pages: 339 + xiv pp.
ISBN: 978-0-615-84586-9 / 0-615-84586-X
Keywords / Subject: Satirical Linguistics
BISAC Category: Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics
There are errata available.
• Sad Holiday Linguists (2013)
• Because You Can’t Do Everything You Want for Your Favorite Linguist (2014)
• Hey Linguists! (2015)
1 The human cost of producing this essential volume is well nigh incalculable. We lost eight or nine2 interns just from the team dedicated to bringing the editors green tea.
2 The exact number is hard to remember; when you know you are going to lose so many, it’s best not to give them individual names.
3 Here large is pleasantly ambiguous, but whichever meaning you took it to have, you were likely correct. There are over 160 articles in the book, and they comprise 21 chapters and take up more than 300 pages. There is a Preface and an Introduction, two Appendices, and more End Notes than anyone other than the typesetter could count. The book itself is an enormous, luxurious, tenure-
4 Despite this fact, we aren’t really charging very much for the thing. Keep reading.
5 By agreement with our “faux” “leather” “finish” supplier, we are contractually obligated to request that you not place this book alongside the works of any anthropologist whose fame is less than the harmonic mean of that of Claude Lévi-
6 See footnote 2 on page xiv of the book itself for more details.7
7 Or you could, y’know, click on that link you just read over. Shhhhhhhhh!
8 Contents packaged by wit, not volume. Some settling may occur during shipping.
9 That’s how you know you are dealing with a serious academic treatise