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CHAT: Lx humor

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 16:52
On Sat, 26 Feb 2000, B Elliott Walker wrote:

> Hey. > > Don't be too surprised at the lack of response. I've seen the > volume, even read the papers. They're okay, as far as they go-- > lots of late '60s radical political stuff mixed in with not very > serious linguistics; it's a historical curiosity anymore. Of > course the whole volume was *meant* to be tongue in cheek, but > like the old Laugh-In, the jokes just aren't funny anymore (at > least to this Me-Generation linguist). > > Dirk > > ...I'v found this collection of essays to be amusing, if not hilarious. it's > politics now are outdated, of course, but the references are so obvious it's > hard to miss them. I'v found out through the linguist list that this > collection was actually reprinted not too long ago (1992), which should say > something for its enduring popularity. I'v found it rather strange that > there hasn't been any other things along this line - it seems to have the > notoreity of the same sort as 'the body rituals of the nacirema' has to the > anthropology set.
Oh yeah. Don't get me wrong! I enjoyed the McCauley festschrift when I read it, and linguists certainly need larger and more frequent doses of satire. A nice volume to look at is Geoff Pullum's collection entitled _The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax_. The essays in this book are reprints of a column he used to write for the journal _Natural Language and Linguistic Theory_ called "Topic ... Comment". They're hilarious. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga