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