The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #1 January / February 2013
We Are The Linguists
January / February 2013 | 

We Are The Linguists

In 2010, on the 20th birthday of the Budapest ELTE-MTA Theoretical Linguistics Programme, some of the professors and students created and performed their own version of "We Are The World".

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We Are The World

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call,
When linguists must come together as one.
There are people speaking,
They bind and c-command;
It's grammar, the greatest gift of all.

We can't go on
Pretending day by day
That we know our language works in the brain.
We are all a part of
God's linguist family,
And the truth, you know, grammar's all we need.

We are the world,
We are the linguists,
We are the ones who make a brighter day
By making theories.
There's a choice we're making
By forming hypotheses
And we'll describe a language
Just you and me.

Send them a research group
So they'll know that someone cares
And their data will be thoroughly explored.
God has shown us
By turning stone to bread
That even a linguist must be fed.


When you're criticized
There seems no hope at all,
But if you just believe
There's a usage-based approach.
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That debates will always come
Even though we stand together as one.



soloists: László Kálmán, András Cser, Zoltán Bánréti, Csilla Novák, Attila Novák, Ádám Nádasdy, Miklós Törkenczy (Ágnes Füle), Zsófia Zvolenszky, András Máté;
choir: some of the professors and students of the last 20 years of the Budapest ELTE-MTA Theoretical Linguistics Programme

We Are The Linguists
All images and lyrics are Copyright © 2010 by the professors and students of the Theoretical Linguistics program at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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