Evaluation of a Website
What has a hippo in common with a feather?” “What is the longest place name in the world?” “Can green ideas sleep furiously?” “Rim ember us poke in cent tense all mow stall ways con deigns word snot in then did.” These are just a few of the topics you will find under A Web of Linguistic Fun. Phantom Linguist, Bucknell University Professor Robert Beard, provides a unique collection of “fundamental subdisciplines of linguistics”(1).
The website introduces linguistic terminology such as grammar, morphology, phonology, semantics, and syntax. If this does not sound like much fun, keep going! There are also pages and pages of wordplays, games, puzzles, dictionaries, and even a fun poem about the orthography of English. You will find essays on social, mental, historical and structural aspects of language in “Language Miniatures” and lessons to teach you how to write your name in “Egyptian hieroglyphics.”
You do not have to be a linguist to understand the contents of the page. In fact, it is specifically designed for those “Curious Georges” who want to learn more and more and more. Thirty-two pages of informative, interactive, and sometimes just downright goofy pages come together to form this Web of Linguistic Fun. Each page has at least one additional link to it and in the case of the “Morphology” page, forty-three links in all. What a vast amount of information!
So what exactly does a hippo have in common with a feather? If you click on the “Historical Linguistics” page you will soon find out. The Phantom Linguist explains the origin of each word, tracing all the way back to the Indo-European language. With careful reading you will find that...