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The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics

by Trey Jones (Editor), Keith W. Slater (Editor), Bill Spruiell (Editor)

Other authors: David J. Peterson (Editor), Tim Pulju (Editor)

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    the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax, and Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language by Geoffrey K. Pullum (TreyJones)
    TreyJones: The Great Eskimo Vocab Hoax is also enjoyably funny, less technical, and more sincere in it's linguistickness.
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    Studies Out in Left Field: Defamatory Essays Presented to James D. McCawley on the Occasion of His 33rd or 34th Birthday by Peter H. Salus (TreyJones)
    TreyJones: The SpecGram Essential Guide carries on in the tradition of satirical linguistics exemplified by Studies Out in Left Field.
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Naturally I love this book because I wrote so much of it. In fact, all those other "authors" are just my own pen names. It's twice as funny if you read all the articles in my voice. (Well, OK, maybe some of the others are real... Sorry, guys.) Anyway, if you're a linguist and you can't find a whole lot to enjoy in this book, you need to stop taking anti-humor pills (or stop reading grammars after dark). We may have missed a subdiscipline or two, but we have tried to find the lighter side of as many of them as possible. It sure was fun to write! ( )
  slaterfamily | Dec 21, 2013 |
“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.”
added by TreyJones | editLanguagehat, Stephen Dodson (Nov 15, 2013)
 
“Shout it from the rooftops. Or just do like me and go stand on a street corner waving a Bible and scream it: ‘The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics is out!’ ... Seriously, this volume has not only a real place in the field, it also continues an important tradition [in the line of] Studies out in Left Field: Defamatory essays presented to James D. McCawley.”
added by TreyJones | editMr. Verb, Joe Salmons (Nov 10, 2013)
 
“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.”
added by TreyJones | editSuperlinguo, Lauren Gawne (Oct 14, 2013)
 
“[S]ome sections are generally accessible, and the motley mischief is unified by the trademark SpecGram voice—if such a thing can be said to exist—which combines condescension with flattery and arch irony with sincere delight.”
added by TreyJones | editSentence First, Stan Carey (Sep 5, 2013)
 
“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.’ ”
 

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Slater, Keith W.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Spruiell, BillEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Peterson, David J.Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Speculative Grammarian (known to devotees as SpecGram), is recognized by linguists all over the world—in international powerhouses like the United States and China, in post-communist relics like North Korea and Cuba, in up-and-coming countries like Brazil and Malaysia, in strife-torn nations like Iraq and Canada, even in mundane little places like Belgium and Lesotho—in short, as we said in the first place, among linguists all over the world, SpecGram is now, always has been, and ever will be recognized as... as... Sorry, we forgot what we were going to say. Give us a minute.
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Every book has at least one error in it, and at least one unneccesary [sic] word. Thus, by induction, every book can be reduced to one word that is spelled wrong.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 061584586X, Paperback)

Speculative Grammarian is the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the oft neglected field of satirical linguistics--and it is now available in book form!

The book is written for linguists, by linguists. It's about Linguistics and Language, but it's not a textbook. Rather, it takes a sidelong look at all that is humorous about the field. Containing over 150 articles, poems, cartoons, humorous ads and book announcements--plus a generous sprinkling of quotes, proverbs and other witticisms--the book discovers things to laugh about in most major subfields of Linguistics. It pokes good-natured fun at linguists (famous or otherwise), linguistic theory, and many aspects of language. The authors and editors are linguists who love their field, but who at the same time love to celebrate the funny aspects of Linguistics. The book invites readers to laugh along.

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