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The Mysterious Masked Linguist has a new playlist!

April 1, 2004

The Syntax Hit Parade, as listed by syntaxia

1. ‘My life is like Zero Syntax since you’ve gone’ – DJ Pesetsky
2. ‘I wanna make you Neg’ – Lili Haegemann
3. ‘Be my particle, baby’ – Den Dikken Boys
4. ‘Dominate me, govern me, bind me’ – MC Chomsky feat. Sisters of VP
5. ‘Big brown double objects’ – Ricky Larson
6. ‘Why do we have to split like IP’ – Pollockian Brigade
7. ‘Check my case’ – Spicy Belletti
8. ‘Two heads (I dream of adjoining to you)’ – Extraction Site Workers
9. ‘Spell-Out your love’ – A’-Teens (A-bar-Teens)
10. ‘So many barriers between us’ – Chain Girls feat. Prince Rizzi
11. ‘Ninety-nine floating quantifiers’ – The Indexes
12. ‘Alpha-move your body’ – Ice Li vs. DJ Aoun
13. ‘Waiting for LF’ – Wide Scope Monsters


Mmmm, linguist humor.

March 23, 2004

The Top Ten Reasons Why Linguists Are a Pain to Play Scrabble With:

  • They think of their own native speaker intuitions as a higher authority than the dictionary.

  • They argue about whether they should be spelling phonological words, or syntactic words.
  • They know that anyone can coin a word, and so they do.
  • They try to claim a separate score for every reading of an ambiguous word.
  • They try to claim credit for spelling CV-skeleta.
  • They think it is OK to play proper names, since there is a productive zero-derivation converting them to common nouns. (Semantics: lambda-x[x=alpha], for proper name alpha.)
  • They use boustrophedon writing to cover the scoring squares.
  • They won’t let you count the extrametrical part of a word.
  • They keep trying to spell empty categories.
  • “Move alpha” makes it too easy to get to a triple word square.
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    The Mysterious Masked Linguist approves of these future shows.

    March 20, 2004

    Networks take heed!

    The Mysterious Masked Linguist’s top pick? Move Alpha