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R: Re: Degrees ofvolitioninactivelanguages(wasRe:Chevraqis: asketch)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, August 14, 2000, 6:58
J Matthew Pearson wrote:
> Perhaps what makes the sentence jarring to modern ears is that, because we > expect do-support, there's a temptation to interpret "what" as questioning > the subject of the sentence
Partly, but, for me at least, it still sounds bizarre even if you add do-support, "What did you hear him say else". That else just feels like it doesn't belong when it's there.
> A classic example of a garden > path sentence is "The horse raced past the barn fell down".
IS that grammatical? I can't think of any situation where "raced past the barn" could be used as a relative phrase, at least in my dialect. -- "Their bodies did not age, but they became afeared of everything and anything. For partaking in any activity at all could threaten their precious and ageless bodies! ... Their victory over death was a hollow one." ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor