A phonologist’s cartoon

A cartoon for phonologists, by a phonologist, Stephanie Shih (posted here with permission):

A pun on the organic of organic farming and the organic of the technical term homorganic in phonology.

The lexical items. First, the versatile item organic. The full NOAD2 entry:

1 of, relating to, or derived from living matter: organic soils.

– Chemistry   of, relating to, or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin. Compare with inorganic. [1a]

– (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents. [1b]

2 Physiology    of or relating to a bodily organ or organs.

– Medicine   (of a disease) affecting the structure of an organ. [2a]

3 denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole: the organic unity of the integral work of art.

– characterized by continuous or natural development: companies expand as much by acquisition as by organic growth. [3a]

The organic of organic farming is the subsense I’ve labeled [1b].

The organic of the technical term homorganic is subsense 2. On the technical term in phonology:

denoting sets of speech sounds that are produced using the same vocal organs, e.g., p, b, and m. [AZ: all bilabial]

On Stephanie Shih. Stephanie is a 2014 Stanford Ph.D., now in Cognitive and Information Sciences at the Univ. of California, Merced. As she says on her desserts for breakfast site, in connection with a photo of her wielding a yummy dessert:

That’s me, Stephanie, a born and bred Bay Area, California native, food+travel photographer, and dessert designer.  Oh, and I also moondaylight as a linguist, using computational modeling to study the way speech sounds pattern (phonology) in natural language, poetry, and music.

This blog originally started as a random collection of photographs for food projects I’d undertaken, but then I started getting requests for actual recipes and was sucked into the wonderful world of food blogging.  Now, it’s a great platform for me to test out and share new recipes, both by others and myself, with the world.  I like to think that it’s a way for me to share my food with lots of people, which is one of the things that brings me the greatest joy in life.

Food, phonology, music, and poetry.

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