Comic 5 - At the Workshop on Protolanguage

2nd Apr 2014, 9:52 PM
At the Workshop on Protolanguage
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remivt 2nd Apr 2014, 9:52 PM edit delete
If you don't know what handwaving means, check here.

I chose the name "professor Smith" partly as a tribute to PhD Comics, but also because there are several well-known researchers in evolutionary linguistics called "Smith". In fact, the 2008 proceedings of the Evolang conference (edited by Andrew Smith, Kenny Smith and Ramon Ferrer i Cancho's can be called Smith, Smith & Smith (2008), since Ramon's last name is the Spanish equivalent of "Smith" (or so I have been told by Andrew). Of course, I do not mean to suggest at all that it's the Smiths who are doing the handwaving!!



Alon 13th May 2014, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Actually, <i>ferrer</i> is <b>Catalan</b> for ‘smith’, not Spanish (the equivalent Spanish is <i>herrero</i>, which can also be found as a surname).
remivt 22nd May 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
I stand corrected. I never know when something is Catalan or Spanish.