|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 16, 2003, 3:17|
Muke Tever scripsit:
> Actually, I think that for most animate subjects that "X cooks" cannot be
> interpreted in more than _one_ way. It's only when animacy is low enough that
> "X cooks" can be read in middle voice.
I don't agree at all. "Robert was cooking on the stove last
winter" vs. "Robert was cooking under the UV lamp last winter", e.g.
I think it's Ambrose Bierce who tells the anecdote about a man whose
mule was in a fire, is told that the mule "is still smoking", and swears
he'll break him of the habit -- tobacco is too expensive.
"But the next day there came no dawn, John Cowan
and the Grey Company passed on into the email@example.com
darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
lost to mortal sight; but the Dead http://reutershealth.com
followed them. --"The Passing of the Grey Company"