field linguists

Wugs are a small flightless species of thought experiment (pictured here with a graduate student) native to North America. They are very social and are always seen in bonded pairs. Previously, these were thought to be mates, but Gleeson’s famous experiment suggests that they might reproduce asexually, with a single Wug giving rise to two [plural of Wug], leading some researchers to believe these bonded pairs are siblings or parent and offspring rather than mates. This is further supported by the fact that Wugs have no sexual dimorphism, and basically one Wug looks the same as any other Wug.

A light blue color morph is by far the most common, but occasionally white, pink, or yellow Wugs are seen as well. While they are nearly impossible to train by classical conditioning, they are very intelligent and quickly learn verbal commands from immersion and pattern recognition, and are harmless and robust enough to be ideal pets for young children.

They are tolerant of many different climates and now live in linguistics departments the world over, where they are often kept as pets by graduate students, due to their ease of upkeep. Much like B. F. Skinner, they eat their words, and thus can be cared for very cheaply, aside from the initial cost of building a Deep Structure for them to roost in. They are the only known species to vocalize in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

I hate linguistic anthropology. Why? One of the most influential experiments in linguistic anthropology involved teaching a chimp asl. One of the most influential linguistics is named Noam Chomsky. You know what the chimp’s name was?

Nim Chimpsky.

Fucking monkey pun.

And this is in textbooks, in documentaries, everywhere. And everyone just IGNORES THIS GOD AWFUL PUN cause of how important the experiment was. But


lexiconallie a réagi à votre billet “tbh the most relatable part from that thing I am writing is when…”

can i too flee the planet or is there a level of pontmercy i have to achieve first

“Pontmercy – a noun, chiefly, but a verb second,” says Grantaire, with an absent-minded wave of his hand in Marius’s general direction, “one that must be conjugated, naturally, as all such forms of speech are wont to be – to Pontmercy, in the infinitive; I Pontmercy, first person singular, he she it Pontmercies, second person singular, as the Greeks would say, or third depending on your motives, demonstrating the usual way of changing the standard y ending into the ie. Such forms are common in this language, given the rules it has adopted from older versions of French – one might call this the newest edition, nihil nove sub sole, or super sole as one does, although the sun himself might not deign to be ruled thus. Now, taking our verb friend as intransitive – chiefly a compliment, of course, given the company you keep” – and he raised his glass to Marius, in acknowledgement – “one cannot Pontmercy a thing, and one must always be pontmercying. Ah! it is a sad fate indeed, to be locked thus in a perpetual state of Pontmercy. I amend you, Monsieur, and commend you similarly. My deepest, most sincere, apologies.”

I’m wondering if I should start making posts with pdf links to certain books within academic fields and shit for people if they want to learn about random things like math, sociology, biology, physics, etc. because I could definitely find quite a few pdfs for at least mathematics for everyone to read if they were interested, like yeah of course anyone can look this shit up, but a lot of people don’t even know what things to google to find it? 

Like many people don’t know which mathematics courses come after calculus but would still be interested in it. I think this would be a cool thing to work on idk what yall think. 

I think I’ll test make one for mathematics and if anyone wants to help me with other fields, like linguistics, history, computer science, political science, economics, etc., you should message me and we could collaborate to make some posts with lots of reading material for these fields. 

I like how you can get almost anything in linguistics.

A little bit of a lot of languages. A little bit of anatomy in phonetics and phonology. A little bit of logic in syntax. A little bit of philosophy in semantics. A little bit of puzzle-solving in morphology and typology. A little bit of variety and comparison in typology. A little bit of psychology in psycholinguistics. A little bit of sociology and society in sociolinguistics. A little bit of mathematical structures somewhere in linguistics. A little bit of teaching and a whole list of other things in applied linguistics. 

And that’s a lot of life in just one field of studies. 

i was asked by @misfitreindeer to make a post about skeletons and debunk a lot of typical transphobic myths about how, y’know, females look like X and males look like Y and that everything works in 100% black in white but it doesn’t actually

and it’s important to know that while i’m an anthropology student, my main focus has been on forensic anthropology so we’re not talking about cavemen here. we’re talking about anatomically modern humans. (although i do know a little about cavemen because my overall degree will be in anthropology)

i’ve taken most of my classes focusing on the actual bones, i’ve worked with actual human bones, a lot of which were people who had been murdered, some which were still under investigation. i’m entering my 2nd term of my junior year as i’m making this post and the only forensic anthro/anthro classes i have left to take are ones that aren’t my field (cultural/linguistic anthropology, museum curation, working on dig sites with archaeology students) and a shitload of chemistry.

so while yes i don’t have my degree yet i’m studying this right now, i’m learning the newest available information at my university, and i’m asking a lot of questions because i’m so fascinated by this field

so i’m going to just give you a gigantic infodump of what i know. i’ll also put up pics of bones, not graphic scary things i promise.

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03 02 2015 • “You’d better run for the hills before they burn. Listen to the sound of the world and watch it turn.”

Had a busy but wonderful day today. Took my dog for a countryside walk this morning before meeting a friend for lunch in this adorable little café in town. Then I attended an afternoon of talks by the incredible Professor David Crystal, an absolute hero of mine in the field of Linguistics. Now it’s time to set up my new bullet journal and listen to good music. Great day 🌿

The signs as linguists
  • Aries: semiotician
  • Taurus: computational linguist
  • Gemini: phonetician
  • Cancer: morphologist
  • Leo: historical linguist
  • Virgo: acquisitionist
  • Libra: syntactician
  • Scorpio: field linguist
  • Sagittarius: semanticist
  • Capricorn: psycholinguist
  • Aquarius: sociolinguist
  • Pisces: phonologist

davrial  asked:

How you considered adding proper grammar (as proper as grammar can BE for memes anyway) to meme bot, or are you content to just leave them a garbled mess half the time? (Dont get me wrong, the garbled mess itself can be funny at times, I am just curious on your thoughts on the grammar issue)

memes are so incoherent that even the garbled nonsense sounds semi-plausible, and that’s part of what i really dig about this bot. honestly, i would have no idea how to approach doing a grammar for this one in the way that my bots like @bottesttakes and @thinkpiecebot have– it would remove a lot of the flexibility and make it harder to just throw new stuff into it.

there are some more coherent meme-based bots or meme-adjacent bots over on twitter, but for the most part, they stick to a more narrow set of memes– variations on one meme, or several related ones.

i also really like being able to point at the code and be like, yeah, i am an incredibly bad programmer, but i did manage to put this stuff together anyway. the bots i’ve made that are more grammatically coherent are almost always kind of a clusterfuck on the back-end, so they aren’t really useful for folks who are just getting into making this kind of art to look at.

the other thing is that i really like that this bot can create surprisingly human-like results with the small handful of variables that it has. a big part of what i’m figuring out as a bot-maker is how to fake a certain amount of intelligence with my bots, and it’s always an interesting challenge to see what i can do with a pretty small set of tools. that’s what’s behind @botsplaining– it’s a really short program, less than 200 lines, and it only has 18 possible responses, but people still have long conversations (or fights) with it. i’m fascinated by seeing how people respond to stuff like that.

i think making a meme bot with a more coherent grammar (or set of grammars) could be really interesting, though. there’s a lot of approaches that folks could take– collecting a corpus of memes and having a markov generator pump out new ones could have interesting results or might end up even more garbled than this bot.

it’d also be interesting for someone with a better grasp on both programming and linguistics that i have to see if they can take existing texts and deliberately introduce the kind of grammatical “errors” that memes have, since a lot of them– especially ones like the shibe memes and lolcats– have clear linguistic patterns. (there’s been a lot of cool work in the linguistics field on how language is evolving in the internet age, with stuff like “i can’t even”, “smol” as an emergent diminutive, etc– i keep coming across great linguistics side of tumblr stuff about it.)

ultimately, it’s not something i really want to do– i’m not sure i’d even be able to. but bots are an art form that’s only just starting to emerge, and memes are a really rapidly changing landscape, so there’s ample room for different people with different backgrounds (programming, linguistics and poetry are just a start) to make stuff at that intersection. i’d be fascinated to see other people give it a shot!