[lg policy] Re: Twas the Night before Christmas (linguists' version) with a charity appeal!
dave.sayers at cantab.net
Mon Dec 21 09:50:53 UTC 2015
Ok, one last little plug for this charity appeal:
...and, to add to the sense of charity hilarity, a picture of me in a Santa hat :)
Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers
On 14/12/2015 16:10, Dave Sayers wrote:
> Seasons greetings folks.
> A gentle reminder about my little poem and the charity appeal :)
> And since I don't otherwise have anything new to contribute in this email, here's my
> favourite dystopian Christmas carol (yes I know more than one dystopian Christmas
> ♫ "We can dodge debris while we trim the tree, underneath the mushroom cloud" ♫
> Dr. Dave Sayers
> Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
> Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
> dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers
> On 01/12/2015 09:24, Dave Sayers wrote:
>> Now that it's officially Christmas (ahem), I can post a message I've been planning
>> for a while. First, the opening two stanzas of the poem I circulated last year, to
>> whet your appetite / refresh your memory...
>> Twas the night before Christmas in the ivory tower,
>> Not a creature was stirring at the midnight hour,
>> Twas a problem for linguists who live to hear sounds,
>> Consonants, vowels (open or round).
>> We linguists were nestled all snug in our beds,
>> While visions of fricatives danced in our heads.
>> Snug in our gowns and our four-cornered caps,
>> We pondered enigmas like bilabial taps...
>> The poem continues if you follow the link below, updated this year with an appeal for
>> donations to the charity that made the poem possible. In short, the poem came about
>> after a family crisis, snatched from the jaws of disaster by the quick work of
>> Sheffield Children's Hospital. Read on for details of that happy ending, and my
>> sincere appeal to all of you for donations to the hospital's associated charity - or
>> to a charity of your choice.
>> Please pass on this message (or just the link) far and wide, by email, social media,
>> printed on your office door, emblazoned on lecture slides, etc. If you'd like to
>> share my Tweet of the poem & appeal, it's here:
>> And thanks to the various list moderators who pre-approved this egregious
>> tin-rattling message.
>> Seasonally yours,
>> Dr. Dave Sayers
>> Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
>> Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
>> dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers
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