A maximal projection walks into a v bar and asks for a little vP. The bartender says, “That’s not your usual selection.” To which the maximal projection replies, “Yeah, must be a phase.”
This joke requires quite a lot of linguistics background to get, but if it doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll still probably have some luck with the 15 pages of linguist humour in my archives.
Syntax! I wish I was better at syntax. I do (kind of) get this joke, but only because of hours and hours and hours and hours of studying to get even the rudiments of syntax to stick. I wonder why people tend to either fall on the Phonology or the Syntax side of the fence, but only so very rarely have one foot in both (not that that’s a very comfortable way to experience a fence)?
We’re working on a syntax episode right now, and I’m honestly hoping it helps me get a better grasp on it!
That list of linguist jokes, though – so good. It probably proves that I am about five years old that my favourite is:
What does a linguist-ghost say?
omg I’m totally gonna go around saying /bu::::/ now