February 12, 2007

Over 10,000,000 served

Around lunchtime today, Philadelphia time, some lucky Language Log reader will register our ten millionth page view. In appreciation, the Language Log marketing department is offering a special prize not only to that reader, but also to everyone else who reads the weblog today: a free one-year subscription. (Of course, our famous guarantee is included: double your money back in case of less than complete satisfaction.)

But wait, there's more! At amazon.com, by special arrangement with the publisher, you can save $6.28 on Far from the Madding Gerund, a finely printed and bound collection of Language Log posts from the classical era, suitable for your night table or your bathroom bookshelf.

And here's the best part! All Language Log readers will be admitted absolutely free to Geoffrey Pullum's long-awaited lecture, "Who Pays Any Attention to the Syntax of Things", Tuesday, February 13, 8:00 p.m., in the Music Center Recital Hall at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

[FCC blogging regulations don't require us to admit it, but most the statements above are misleading, not to say bald-faced lies. You'll all continue to be able to read Language Log for free, whether you read it today or not, and amazon.com's discount on Far from the Madding Gerund has been available to everyone since a few days after the book was published.

And Geoff Pullum will indeed be giving the 40th annual Faculty Research Lecture at UC Santa Cruz tomorrow, but the event is free and open to the public, even to the benighted few who are not regular Language Log readers.

All the same, it's absolutely true that our page-view counter at sitemeter will tick over past 10,000,000 this morning -- it's at 9,994,678 as I write this at 7:30 a.m., with an average of 23,295 additional pages of crunchy linguistic goodness viewed per day.]

Posted by Mark Liberman at February 12, 2007 07:30 AM