Re: THEORY: Re : THEORY: Connolly: Interpreting ergative sentences
|From:||Tom Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 22:42|
Steg Belsky wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 1999 00:25:21 -0500 Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
> >Boy, am I happy that my highschool teachers were all either
> >linguisticly trained or linguisticly minded! That sounds like someone
> >trying to impose restrictions on the language that simply have never
> >existed, a la split infinitives.
> In 8th grade my english teacher attempted to convince me that the name
> "Charles" has only one syllable. She said that pronouncing it [tSarl=z]
> with a syllabic L was "incorrect" and meant that i have an "accent", i
> don't remember whether she said Brooklyn or New York. But don't all
> Americans say it that way, anyway?
No, I don't. But that doesn't matter, because what you speak is what you
speak. You can't even notice a distinction like that in writing anyways,
so why does *she* care? I mean, isn't that the whole point, to reduce the
amount of red you see on your English essays? ;)
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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