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.”

Source unknown. Update: the joke seems to have changed some in the telling, but I have now found it on this t-shirt, which was around in 2009

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

(via allthingslinguistic)

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?
/bu::::/ 

omg I’m totally gonna go around saying /bu::::/ now

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