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Re: colorless green ideas

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, April 10, 2004, 19:21
Quoting Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>:

> That's interesting. I guess Chomsky will be reminded > as a philosoph, because everybody can understand this > example in his own way, and make his own conclusions > about it, even if it was not at all what he actually > meant. > > Maybe there is a better example of the distortion > between "syntactically correct" and "semantically > correct. It goes like that: > - "I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of > that hill -" > "When you say "hill,"" the Queen interrupted, "I could > show you hills in comparison with which you'd call > that a valley". > and it's of course from Lewis Carroll. > > What the Red Queen says would be more difficult to > interpret any logical way than colorless green ideas > sleeping furiously. I'm sure that the conlangers, > having much imagination and talent, WILL find some, > but what use would it be, if Carroll himself describes > this as "nonsense".
To me, it seems like mere hyperbole for emphasis. I frequently use expressions like "compared to X, Y is less than nothing". Andreas