Comment made to me while reading laboratory phonology article before my Latin class this afternoon:
“Hey, I thought you were a linguist – that looks like it has science in it!”
Apparently the spectrograms and other Scientastic (TM) graphics on the first page of the article caught him off guard.
Yes, folks, the secret is out: I was trying to sneak some science in under the radar! Ever since science became a concrete substance that I could paste onto articles to fool unsuspecting Classics majors with, I find I just can’t stop myself. Sometimes I even put in two or three sciences if I think I can get away with it. In fact, I can’t restrain myself from putting some Science into this blog post. Behold!
In all seriousness, though, is it so surprising that this:
science (n.): ‘The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.’ (American Heritage Dictionary)
should be no stranger to the discipline of linguistics? Human language is one of the most complex phenomena we have ever encountered, after all.