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Re: Weird language idea

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 8, 2003, 16:26
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > Not that I'm sure what it means to exist bluely, but I can think > situations > > where a distinction would be handy. F'rinstance, someone that believes in > the > > spiritual beneficacy of giving alms, but does not want to be in need of > them > > him/herself, might reject the assertion "poverty is desirable", but agree > > that "poverty exists desirably", ie that "the existence of poverty is > > desirable". > > I think that "poverty" is really being used polysemously there quite > independent of the verb. In your "poverty is desirable", "poverty" > is a nominalization of "I am poor", whereas in your "poverty exists > desirably", it is a nominalization of "someone is poor".
Well, you're probably right. And I can't, for now at least, think of a better exampe, so I'll be waiting for a replies to the part above the "PS" of my previous post ... Seriously, I thought a challenge like that would be enough to fire of minor hurricane of replies. Andreas