The La-La Theory

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The La-La Theory is a zine about language. Here's what its name means: In the 18th and early 19th centuries, linguists and philosophers came up with different theories of the origin of language, and the Danish linguist Otto Jespersen gave them whimsical nicknames. The one he called The La-La Theory put forth that language was borne of the need to express poetry and love.

Issue #1: Fun With Words. Includes a word game, a limerick, a tongue twister, a poem about tongue twisters, and much more.

Issue #2: A Fancy Word For Widow. All about the origin and various usages of the word widow. Includes a poem and some surprising historical and cultural tidbits!

Issue #3: Mrkgnao! How The Animals Talk in Different Languages. Includes a poem by Samuel Coleridge, not me. Kid-friendly. By which I mean very silly.

The zine is produced by Katie at The La-La Theory Press. The LLT Press also puts out a collection of found poems called Word Math, and a new (as of July 2006) collection of poetry called Breakdancing for the Pope.