Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Linguistics Humor

Stolen shamelessly from Language Log. I wonder if the Language Loggers know or care about the pro multis controversy? There is definitely something for a sociolinguist to ponder in a major American church in which opposing factions are identifiable by their contrary and incendiary views of the proper translation of a single Latin word. Anyway....

Q: Two linguists were walking down the street. Which one was the specialist in contextually indicated deixis and anaphoric reference resolution strategies?

A: The other one.

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I was walking across campus with a friend and we came upon half a dozen theoretical linguists committing unprovoked physical assault on a defenseless prescriptivist. My friend was shocked. She said: "Aren't you going to help?"

I said, "No; six should be enough."

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And do not fail to read "24: Conference Submission," of infinite amusement value to all academics (or those married to academics), provided by Lawrence Saul via the Language Loggers.

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