"We Are The World. We Are The Linguists."

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Professors and students at Budapest's ELTE-MTA Theoretical Linguistics Programme celebrate the 20th anniversary of their department with a cover of "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.

The full lyrics are available in the YouTube pulldown box.  Via Language Log, where there is some relevant commentary.

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I thought they did ok, actually. Probably would not have occurred to me to do this but they obviously put a lot of work into it and it's pretty unique.
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