... brought to you by Sheri and Jason Wells-Jensen
We are Friday Night Linguists. We are fascinated, amused, and charmed by many many language-related phenomena. Not all of these, alas, fit neatly into our day jobs as academic linguist, webmaster, library student, part-time musician, or full-time parent. There are just too many.
So here they are, partly so we can keep track of them ourselves and partly in hopes that there are other Friday Night Linguists out there who might find them amusing. These offerings fall into a couple loosely defined categories:
- Popular and accessible discussions of research topics in language science
- Resources we always wished someone would give to us for teaching introductory linguistics or phonetics (mainly cool sound samples) that we finally just went and collected ourselves
- Analysis problems in an undisciplined and chaotic variety of natural and constructed languages
- Odd topics that come up around our kitchen table during Friday Night Supper -
Friday Night Supper is a meal (held on any night of the week as it turns out) where people get together, eat, play and discuss the world. Countless million-dollar business innovations, paradigm-shifting art projects, leading-edge research institutes, and best-selling book ideas have been hatched, eagerly argued over, and heartlessly abandoned around our kitchen table. It's time someone at least wrote a few of these down.
So, for your amusement ...