LINGUIST List 26.5398

Thu Dec 03 2015

FYI: Night Before Christmas (Linguists' Parody Version)

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 03-Dec-2015
From: Dave Sayers <>
Subject: Night Before Christmas (Linguists' Parody Version)
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I circulated this poem of mine last year, but rather late in December. I'm re-circulating it this year, with a few little tweaks, in better time for Christmas. Please feel free to share!

Twas the night before Christmas in the ivory tower,
Not a creature was stirring at the midnight hour,
Twas a problem for linguists who live to hear sounds,
Consonants, vowels (open or round).
We linguists were nestled all snug in our beds,
While visions of fricatives danced in our heads.
Snug in our gowns and our four-cornered caps,
We pondered enigmas like bilabial taps...
(Continues here:

Seasonally yours,
Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University |
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | |

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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