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Re: THEORY: Re : THEORY: Connolly: Interpreting ergative sentences

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 5:35
Tom Wier wrote:
> 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.
I think it was more that she insisted that "break" could only be transitive, much as "the camels distributed" is ungramatical because "distribute" is transitive. So, I suspect it's more a case of who/whom, that is, retaining an older distinction -- "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor