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Smiles (was: Verb Classes)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, June 12, 2000, 11:53
On Mon, 12 Jun 2000, Jim Grossmann wrote:

> I think the speakers of your language would have to be > excellent at discerning sincerity for the contrast between smile-6 and > smile-1 to be useful.
Actually, most people are quite good at that: when asked to sort photographs of people with sincere and insincere smiles, they do very well. (The people in the pictures are ordinary people, of course, not actors or spies or what-have-you.) There is even a name for the facial configuration of a sincere smile: a "Duquesne smile" IIRC. -- John Cowan "You need a change: try Canada" "You need a change: try China" --fortune cookies opened by a couple that I know