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Re: THEORY: Re : THEORY: Natural language change (was Re: Charlie and I)

From:Charles <catty@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 1999, 19:19
Irina Rempt-Drijfhout wrote:

> > "The guy who(m) I used to date's sister is angry now". > > But that means something different! Charles' version has you dating > the sister and the guy angry: > > the guy [who [i usedta date his sister]] (comma) is angry now > > Yours has you dating the guy and the sister angry: > > The guy [who(m) I used to date]'s sister is angry now
Actually, they/we/it all got angry so everybody's right.
> Mind the comma! I understand that Mathias is confused; you had me > convinced for a moment.
For me. it has always been difficult to distinguish confusion, inspiration, fantasy, wisdom, and indigestion.