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CHAT: totally off-topic linguistic humor

From:Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 18:31
As a break from our (extremely sober) discussion of givenness
hierarchies and 'existential voice' (quoth the raven), here's
something to break the ice.  Jim McCawley, of blessed memory,
was not just a linguist, but a humorist as well.


I have personal experience of '17 May 1966':  when I saw Ross
again at CLS last month, he told me no less than three dirty
jokes, one involving necrophilia and railroads (!!!).  John
Goldsmith nearly fell over laughing...

Thomas Wier	       "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics    because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago   half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
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Chicago, IL 60637