Welcome to my new blog!
This blog will be devoted to various exciting topics that are related to language, and I am planning to begin with two more specific topics – animal communication and humor. I hope that you will enjoy both of these topics, just as I do. You may wonder how the two issues are related. Well, first, they are both related to language in some way or other. Second, both topics constitute my hobbies. As a linguist, an animal lover and a person who highly appreciates sense of humor I find these issues most exciting, and I’d like to share with you my excitement and stuff I have experienced and read about. And in order to prove that language, humor and animal communication are interrelated, let me begin with the first jike in this blog (with many more to follow!):
One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher. Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid – the parrot was his at last!
As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, “I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can’t talk!”
“Don’t worry.” said the Auctioneer, “He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?”