Nothing of interest happened in the department this week, apparently.
(The New Sesquipedalian prints corrections and retractions.)
In any case, Happy Hallowe'en!....
Check out the Texas
Linguistic Society XI Meeting (upcoming, November 9-11), where
three of our folks are on the program:
Stanford is also represented on the program of the
Boston University Conference on Language Development, upcoming
on November 2-4:
Anne Fernald (Psychology): speaker in the Lunch Symposium: The
Production and Processing of Grammatical Morphemes
Bruno Estigarribia (UNC): Variation and facilitation in the acquisition
of English yes/no questions
Kristin Thorpe, Anne Fernald (Psychology): Developing efficiency in
online interpretation of adjective-noun phrases: A longitudinal study
from 24 to 36 months
H. Tily on the streets of Paris
Our wayward reporter
was surprised to find our own Hal Tily
on the avenue Saint
Germain this week, Linguistic Institute T-shirt and all. The only
problem is... We thought Monsieur Tily was chained to a
computer (or an eye-tracker) in MIT's TedLab
A pleasant chat on the phone
(From Stephanie Shih's father)
Caller: Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan?
This just in: Congress is to blame for global warming,
according to one expert in Arkansas. Read about it HERE.
Operator: Yes, you can speak to me.
Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!
Operator: You are talking to someone! Who is this?
Caller: I'm Sam Wan. And I need to talk to Annie Wan! It's urgent.
Operator: I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone! But
what's this urgent matter about?
Caller: Well... just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother
Noel Wan was involved in an accident. Noel Wan got
injured and now Noel Wan is being sent to the hospital. Right
now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.
Operator: Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the
hospital, then the accident isn't an urgent matter! You may find this
hilarious but I don't have time for this!
Caller: You are so rude! Who are you?
Operator: I'm Saw Lee.
Caller: Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!!
For those of you who have worked in the corporate world, any other
place with supervision or read "Dilbert" in the daily comics, you
should appreciate this...A magazine recently ran a
`Dilbert Quotes' contest. They were looking for people to submit
quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. These were voted
the top ten quotes in corporate America:
"As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building
using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next
Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.."
(This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in
Redmond WA )
"What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might
encounter." (Lykes Lines Shipping)
"E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be
used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat
"This project is so important we can't let things that are more
important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United
"Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule."
(Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)
"No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been
working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I'll
let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D supervisor, Minnesota
Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)
Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say."
(Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)
My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I
told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss
work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change
her burial to Friday. He said, "That would be better for me."
(Shipping executive, FTD Florists)
"We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going
to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting a shortage of O-, O+, A-, A+, B-, and AB-. For
an appointment: http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/ or call 650-723-7831.
It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies. The
Blood Center is also raising money for a new bloodmobile.
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26 October 2007
Vol. 4, Issue 5
IN THIS ISSUE:
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer, Tom Wasow
Melanie Levin and Kyle Wohlmut