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Re: Insults was (Re: Fw: translation needed)

From:Matt Pearson <jmpearson@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 15:19
Brad Coon wrote:

>> Yiklamu? (Whatever happened to Mark, anyway?) >> >My recollection is that he was off on one of his "I am the Grand Poobah >of the Conlang universe as well as being better and brighter than >all of you put together" harangues. A number of people, including >myself, noted that it was getting tiresome. He retired in a huff.
Hmm, I don't remember that. But he was certainly opinionated about linguistics. I remember having a very long and very tiring semi-private exchange with him about the nature and validity of various kinds of linguistic data. He was shocked shocked shocked that I would dare to use (*gasp!*) elicited data and grammaticality judgements in my analyses. All 'real' linguists, he claimed, know that grammaticality judgements are meaningless and that the only valid source of data is texts. Whatever, Mark... Matt.