Linguistics Terms That Should be Band Names

Here is a fun quiz: Linguistics or Band Name?

My list of linguistics terms that should be band names would include…

Null Subject

Tone Sandhi

Inalienable Possession

Minimal Pair

Move Alpha (HT Conjugate Prior)

Speech Act

Maxim of Relevance

Zero Copula

Government and Binding

Most of these terms come from the fields of syntax and semantics rather than, say, phonetics or sociolinguistics. It is certainly my impression that syntacticians and semanticians are the linguists most likely to spend an entire day listening to Phish and arguing about what “or” means.