Praise for my Work

I hope I haven’t published this before, but if I did, hey, chalk it up to vanity, eh?

These two glowing  recommendations are from  this fellow. I really like him a lot!

Peter S Piispanen
Stockholm University, Graduate Student

On my work below, presently a 242 page, well, let’s face it, at this point, it’s basically a book, right? I have not yet found a publisher for it, though I have received some rave reviews from such far-flung places as Japan and Russia.

Mutual Intelligibility of Languages in the Slavic Family

Intelligibility studies are both interesting and of importance for the study of phonology, grammar, historical linguistics, the effect of language contact situations, as well as the sociocultural factors influencing languages perceived as high or low status, and so on.

Lindsay here presents the intelligibility between many of the Slavic languages in great detail – and this clears up many common and unspoken questions about these languages…the paper comes well recommended!

This paper was actually published, believe it or not, and it had to go through two peer reviews to get there.  The second peer review included the world’s top Turkologists.

Here’s the cite in case any of you are interested:

Lindsay, Robert. 2016. “Mutual Intelligibility among the Turkic Languages,” in Süer Eker and Ülkü Şavk. Çelik. Endangered Turkic Languages Volume I: Theoretical and General Approaches: Before the Last Voices Are Gone (Tehlİkedekİ Türk Dİllerİ Cİlt I: Kuramsal Ve Genel Yaklaşimlar Son Sesler Duyulmadan), Ankara, Turkey/Astana, Kazakhstan: International Turkish-Kazakh University and International Turkic Academy.

I also came up with the subtitle of the series – “Before the Last Voices Are Gone.” We went round and round about a few choices until we settled on that one. It has a nice literary beauty to it, I think.

I never did get a hard copy of that book I am published in. It was extremely hard to get a copy in part because it cost $75 and also because it would have had to have been shipped from Turkey to the US, and I understand that shipping costs for such things are just awful.

I have an e-copy of course, but it’s just not the same thing as a book, right? A book – you know, that hard thing with pages in it that you actually hold in your hand? Remember those things from a long time ago, maybe before some of you were born? If you don’t remember what a book is, perhaps ask your parents. They should definitely know what a book is.

It seems that a lot of publications are going pretty much e-publication only with no hardcover. Color me disappointed. No folks, it’s not the same thing. It’s just not. Sorry.

Mutual Intelligibility Among the Turkic Languages

A massive paper by Robert Lindsay on the study of mutual intelligibility of the Turkic languages, dispelling many myths and including language examples, historical considerations, and more – heartily recommended for any Turkologist or student of any Turkic language!

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17 thoughts on “Praise for my Work”

  1. Congrats! You should have become a college professor in linguistics rather than a drug dealer. Perhaps your work would not have the “edge” it does now without the massive experience you gained hustling on the streets. You can still apply for a substitute or visiting professor position at a campus. I am confident the Z-generation kids would want to hear more from you. At least the lectures won’t be boring.

    “Hello, I’m Robert Lindsay. Believe it or not, I used to be a drug dealer back in the day and have served time. I also have many papers published in linguistics so I know this thing like the back of my hand, all right? Any questions?”

    1. I was actually offered a job teaching Linguistics 10 at a community college. The pay was really good – ~$30/hour! But there were not many hours in the job – just a few a week.

  2. Why not just make an e-book and market that with your own cash or bank loans?

    I’m doing something similar with drum lessons. It’s working. At least the “the list” has grown gigantically (in the xx,xxx range – mostly US people), but no cash yet, though.

    1. Why not just make an e-book and market that with your own cash or bank loans?

      Self-published books don’t really work and are more or less a joke in a lot of ways. If my work was truly excellent, I might be able to do that, but I doubt if it is up to that quality.

      You really want a real deal publisher – in my case, a university press. It gives you a lot of extra ammo to use against your enemies. If I published by myself, all of my enemies would laugh at me – “LOL Lindsay got published! Yeah, he got published his own work via an e-book because no one else would publish him! That’s because he’s a fucktard who knows nothing about Linguistics.”

      My worst enemies are some pond scum and degenerate human slugs over at a Reddit site called Bad Linguistics, which is nothing but anonymous Snark Central. If those guys had to write all that scurrilous stuff under their real names, they wouldn’t be writing all that vicious snarky crap.

      They’ve basically declared war on me and they’ve flat out said that they are out to destroy my reputation in any way they can. It’s a bit beyond me why anyone would be so motivated by hatred to try to destroy another person’s scholarly reputation. I don’t want to destroy anyone’s reputation, scholarly or otherwise. I’ve got better things to do than go on Hate Jihads against my enemies. It’s ridiculous. Life’s too short for that crap.

      Also a university press would probably pay me. I received $400 for my last book chapter, which is a lot more than I would get if I were self-published.

      but no cash yet, though.

      Lulz. What’s the point, dude?

  3. You really want a real deal publisher – in my case, a university press. It gives you a lot of extra ammo to use against your enemies. If I published by myself, all of my enemies would laugh at me – “LOL Lindsay got published! Yeah, he got published his own work via an e-book because no one else would publish him! That’s because he’s a fucktard who knows nothing about Linguistics.”

    I don’t know much about linguistics but you’re quite thorough in that subject. And it’s not calling you a bit of an expert, you can practically school PhD professors.

    Who the fuck knows anything about diverse Turkic languages or the different dialects of Chinese. You do, should put it to good use is all I’m saying.

    1. Actually the other guys more or less kick my ass. It’s really humbling. I’m pretty good, but I don’t think I will ever be at the level of the other linguists I read. I don’t know how they do it, honestly.

      You’re right though, I am something of an expert when it comes to total overviews of entire linguistic families. I’m not sure if anyone has done Turkic classification and dialectology as thoroughly as I have. Nor Chinese for that matter. These is a 1,000 page book in Chinese on Chinese dialects or languages, but I think the descriptions are pretty rudimentary.

      1. Have you considered a move to Turkey? They will welcome your fantastic research at one of the universities in Istanbul or Ankara. The pay is good. I think you just need to approach them with your research or find the contacts on social media. Who knows what happens next!

        It’s a beautiful country, the views over the Bosporus are alone worth it. Just think about it, all the conquerors from the times of Xerxes I to Alexander of Macedon, to the Roman armies, to the fall of Constantinople, and the Battle of Dardanelles. That whole place straddles Europe and Asia and is practically breathing history. Also, a lot of historical locations on Anatolia side…you can even find the ruins of Troy.

        They’ll have you, be very sure.

        Besides the women are HOT and there is no #MeToo bullshit in that country.

        It is also a very safe country unlike the Middle-East. They’re practically members of the European Union but were denied the membership due to racism.

        1. Have you considered a move to Turkey? They will welcome your fantastic research at one of the universities in Istanbul or Ankara. The pay is good. I think you just need to approach them with your research or find the contacts on social media. Who knows what happens next!

          Oh, I worked with those guys while working on that book chapter. Most of the teaching is in Turkish, I am afraid. Turkish society still very much runs on the Turkish language. Most of the Turks that I worked with did not speak English real well, including my mentor, who helped me in this venture.

          Not sure how safe it is. There’s nearly a full-blown civil war going on with the Kurds.

          Have you been to Turkey?

          1. Have you been to Turkey?

            Yes, only Istanbul area though.

            Not sure how safe it is. There’s nearly a full-blown civil war going on with the Kurds.

            Only the Eastern parts. Only on the borders with Iraq/Syria. There’s no problems within Turkey’s land borders although there is heavy military presence.

            The European region and western parts of Anatolia are safe.

          2. Only the Eastern parts. Only on the borders with Iraq/Syria. There’s no problems within Turkey’s land borders although there is heavy military presence.

            Most of their border is with Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Most of the border with Syria is a military zone if not a warzone. The border with Iraq is a mess. That’s where the Kurds infiltrate into Turkey from. They have their bases in Northern Iraq and from there, they move into Turkey. The border’s really dangerous. Recently some smugglers got killed at night because the Turkish army thought they were PKK.

            The border with Iran is treacherous too. Mostly it’s just inaccessible, but there are a lot of smugglers that move among the high peaks. The Iranian military shoots at them, for Chrissake. And on the Iranian side of the border, it’s all Kurds. And they are also armed.

            The border with Bulgaria is fine. The border with Greece – I dunno. Turkey and Greece totally hate each other. The borders with Armenia and Georgia are peaceful, although Armenians hate Turks and vice versa. The border with Georgia is peaceful, but for decades it was a closed zone! Illegal to pass and someone might shoot at you if you did.

          3. I guess the border is open now, but when it was USSR-Turkey, that border was dead shut, like for decades. Not sure why exactly. It was that way from the 1920’s. Turkey and Russia don’t get along either. Hell, Turkey and everybody don’t get along.

            Turks are like the ghetto nigs of that part of the world, or most of the world for that matter. Totally belligerent, racist as Hell, think they’re superior, completely uncivilized, treat their women like crap, paranoid and think everyone hates them, hair trigger temper, poor impulse control, at war with everyone, always committing some sort of (international) violent crime or other.

            There’s a heavy layer of serious civilization, erudition, intelligence, culture, and scholarship laid on top in the case of the Turks which is obviously lacking in ghetto Blacks, but other than that, the comparison is apt.

            Other than other Turkic countries, ain’t nobody likes ’em. Their only ally is Pakistan, oddly enough. Everyone else pretty much hates them, hatred which they richly deserve by the way.

          4. No expert but it’s common sense to make nice with some of your neighbors. I’ve read the success of the Ottomans was in large part because of the eugenic competition for who became Sultan, the least fit died and the most fit ruled. Turkey’s the South Chicago of the Near East.

  4. I just had to Google that Bad Linguistic sub-forum. Man, Robert’s got like a million enemies. I wish I were that popular, I mean even if they hated you, it means you’re worth something.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/256qcm/robert_lindsay_explains_why_linguist_eggheads/

    OK here’s one of the comments. I always knew that “whites” or “blacks” as ethnic groups need not be capitalized. But you use it differently I see. That got some attention.

    Anyone who capitalizes the word “blacks” is automatically suspect, unless they’re a non-native English speaker. I feel like I only ever see racists trying to cleverly disguise their racism talk about “Blacks”. Everyone else just says “black people” or “Africans”/”African-Americans” or something along those lines. – – alynnidalar

    https://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/5ycu4z/the_return_of_stemlord_robert_lindsay_a_little/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/badlinguistics/comments/35j3z7/from_rlinguistics_badling_heavyweight_champ/

    Every time this moron gets linked here, I’m torn between laughing my ass off at his dogmatic idiocy, and rage-punching a wall at his condescension and insults. Who the flying fuck gave a degree in linguistics to someone this pants-on-head absurd? DeVry? He needs to see a doctor, because he’s got a serious case of proctocephaly.

    You should have replied to this comment. There’s an anonymous moron (I don’t even know the meaning of proctocephaly but he’s probably a test case). And you put up your name and are ready to defend your work.

    1. Nah. I ain’t dealing with them. I replied to some of them in the comments until I started getting very angry and actually out and out threatening them. At that point, they all left the site and said, “Whoa! This guy’s psycho! Let’s back off.”

      There’s no point responding to your enemies, as you noted a couple of weeks ago. Fuck em. I do take their criticism to mean that maybe I have to work harder. The more they attack me like that, the harder it makes me work to show them that they are wrong. So I guess it’s useful in a sense.

  5. Haven’t tried book publishing but got a copyright (which I need to double-check soon). Need that because there could be false accusations of copying.

    Book publishing might be tough because of no music degree or playing experience with a band. But the playing is very good. Anyway, if I could gain more credibility with a certificate at the least, that would be a good start.

    People love to join and they like what they see (lots of social media interaction), but getting them to pay is a big challenge.

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