Re: THEORY: Re : THEORY: Natural language change (was Re: Charlie and I)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 23, 1999, 17:06|
> Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> > > > > "the guy who i usedta date his sister comma is angry now"
> > > > > ^^^ ............. ^^^ ...... ^^^^^
> > > > >
> > > > > This is illegal in American, we use something more complicated.
Yes, I know about that -- but go back and read what
I said in my post. I said that the sentence *could* be
grammatical, if you think of it as an example of
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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Denn wo Begriffe fehlen,
Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein.
-- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_
> Please read the section on relative clauses in:
> ... particulary noting how in English the "gap"
> construction is preferred, and how inflexible and
> ambiguous it can be in comparison to Farsi,
> which was my original comparison. Sheesh.