Tuesday June 21, 2005


This blog has been around for over a year, but until recently nobody had offered to give me anything for free because of it.  A few days ago, however, Tenser, said the Tensor finally started to pay off.  I received an email from someone at a publishing house offering me a free copy of a new lingustics book, and you know I said yes!  It's a small start, but I have a feeling this might be the first trickle of a torrent of swag that would embarrass the Hilton sisters.

I know what you're thinking, and of course I realize they're sending me the book hoping for a review—but see, that's how I get my foot in the swag-door.  Once it becomes clear that The Tensor knows how to play ball, I expect other providers of goods and services to notice and start sending me free stuff in the faint hope that I will direct the attention of my literally dozens of readers to their products.  For example, I'd be entirely willing to review this car, this boat, or just about any kind of electronic gadget (it doesn't seem right that those bastards at Gizmodo and Engadget should hog all the free stuff).  Help me help you!

My point is this: I've seen the future of blogging and that future is selling out, so I'm putting myself up for sale—let's get the auction underway.  The opening bid is one hardcover book; do I hear more?

[Note:  This post was typed with my tongue lodged firmly in my cheek and I don't actually expect to be compromising my ethics any time soon.  If I do review the book—which is pretty likely, it looks interesting—I'll be sure to mention that I got it for free in the spirit of New Media transparency.

All bets are off if a Veyron shows up on my doorstep, though...]

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Heh. I'll bet it's the same one that's on its way to me. I hope more publishers get with the times and realize the Power of Linguabloggers!

Posted by: language hat at Jun 21, 2005 7:59:10 AM

You were articulating a fortis intermolar lateral, you mean.

(Sorry, I heard that joke from a lexicography list and felt I had to share the suffering...)

Posted by: Lameen at Jun 21, 2005 12:04:51 PM

I got the same message, and of course I said yes, too. It sounds like an interesting book.

Posted by: Neal Whitman at Jun 21, 2005 8:49:52 PM

I get those emails, too. And I haven't been blogging but a few months.
The last one was offering "urgent free housewives desire call." I also got something from "herbalstimulateupin20mins" but there seemed to be a catch so I passed. I haven't yet gotten the one for a linguistics book that everyone else seems to have gotten. Maybe it went into my spam folder. I'll have to check it.
OK, off to check the tracking # on my housewife.

Posted by: eric morse at Jun 21, 2005 9:10:09 PM

Book just arrived -- looks like fun.

Posted by: language hat at Jun 22, 2005 7:38:21 AM

Add one to your "dozens" of readers. ;-) I accidentally found your blog through bloglines, and I'll be checking it out at least from time to time. I'm a linguistics graduate student too (though Molly is not my real name, I admit). Looking forward to reading some more linguistics humor or just life and times of a linguistics graduate student. :-)

Posted by: Molly at Jun 23, 2005 7:45:23 AM

Oh you publishing whore you....How did you do it?

Posted by: alistair(on a borrowed laptop) at Jun 24, 2005 5:02:19 PM

A linguistical Emma? Nice.

Posted by: agm at Jul 4, 2005 10:39:57 PM