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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@...> > writes: > >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@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." "Things just ain't the way they used to was." - a man on the subway ===========================================