April 29, 2006

Bird (syntax) flu

According to an article by Yreka Bakery in the April 2006 issue of the Speculative Grammarian,

"An apparently new speech disorder a linguistics department our correspondent visited was affected by has appeared. Those affected our correspondent a local grad student called could hardly understand apparently still speak fluently. The cause experts the LSA sent investigate remains elusive. Frighteningly, linguists linguists linguists sent examined are highly contagious. Physicians neurologists psychologists other linguists called for help called for help called for help didn’t help either. The disorder experts reporters SpecGram sent consulted investigated apparently is a case of pathological center embedding."

There are unconfirmed reports that the ACL is working on a vaccine.

[See David Beaver's post yesterday for more on the etiology of this disorder.]

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 29, 2006 12:18 AM