absolutely trivial: linguistic songs

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSUVC.BSU.EDU
Mon Aug 14 15:58:15 UTC 2000

How is this trivial? Such a tape would be a great item to own, and to play
as mood music during the minutes preceding class, and maybe to hand out
to prospective students at pick-your-major-type fairs where physicists get
to do all the fun demos. (But how to deal with the copyright issue?)

Two more ideas, which I think actually don't have much to do with
language, but superficially seem to: Laurie Anderson's "Language is a
Virus" and Suzanne Vega has one with the words "if language were liquid,
it'd be rushing in".


On Mon, 14 Aug 2000, Lynne Murphy wrote:

> Every once and again, I threaten to make a mix tape of songs with
> linguistics themes, but after I get past "Let's call the whole thing
> off" and the Proclaimers' "Throw the R away", I tend to run out of
> material.  But here's one to add to the list:  The Magnetic Fields, on
> their magnum opus _69 Love Songs_, have a song called "The Death of
> Ferdinand de Saussure."  I'm not quite sure what it has to do with FdS,
Mai Kuha                  mkuha at bsuvc.bsu.edu
Department of English     (765) 285-8410
Ball State University

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