@justlanguagethings Can we make Prof. Yan-isms a thing because I have a few from when I did 206 written down
From the first lesson on reference in pragmatics
“Look you can’t know for certain dogs exist”
Yan: “Let me phrase it differently” (points at student) “Are dogs real?” Student: (laughs and nods awkwardly) Yan (excitedly hitting table): “How do you know? How do you do know?
“Has anyone here never seen a dog in their life…who has never touched a dog in this class?”
“Well imagine a man who has never seen a dog. He’s been chained up in a dungeon to stop him ever knowing dogs exist…don’t do this in real life it’s illegal.”
“I meant to make that sentence ambiguous but I think I just made it gay twice”
Look why don’t you like the unicorns? They are good they are pure!
“We never had unicorns in China…”
“Is my cold the same as your cold, do you think? Is my pretty the same as your pretty? (Yelling) Am I pretty?”
“I wrote this book I can sign it for you after class, form a line please”
“Brains are smart. Better than Apple, cheaper.”
“Don’t use that in a court of law, please.”
“I just…I love words that mean things”
“Please don’t replace unicorns with Jesus I am a small man I will lose in a fight.”
Yan (to an American girl in my tutorial): “Where in America are you from?” Girl: “I’m from Arizona originally but my family lives in California.” Yan (dramatically gasping): “Were you too afraid to go to Berkeley? It’s ok we understand. ( stage whispering to the rest of the class) Be Brave. Do Post-Grad. Go to Berkeley.