This was originally posted March 31, 2011 on Facebook. Changes and updates are in red.
You know you are a syntactician when…
- You get distracted in conversations when people use an unexpected or interesting syntactic construction.
- You know what the phrase "interesting syntactic construction" means.
- You sometimes consciously parse what people say as they speak, and visualize the trees.
- You get excited about going to a foreign country because the language spoken there might have some cool word order fact.
- You think that all of morphology, all of semantics and large parts of phonology are just syntax.
- You think there is nothing bizarre or unusual about the idea of word that is not actually pronounced.
- You badger your loved ones mercilessly with sentences, asking them if they are acceptable or not.
- One of the things you find enjoyable about reading to your children is stumbling upon interesting syntactic constructions.
- You share headlines on Facebook that illustrate cool syntactic facts.
- You surprise your friends by knowing huge amounts about the grammar of languages that you cannot speak a single word of.