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Re: CHAT Jargon-mangling (was: Worse Greek 102)

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, February 5, 2001, 19:55
On Mon, 5 Feb 2001, taliesin the storyteller wrote:

> Spoilers ahead, beware. > > * Padraic Brown <pbrown@...> [010205 19:36]: > > I gather it must be very hard for someone educated in a particular > > discipline to hear or read the lingo mangled so badly [..] > > Ever read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson? I'm quite proud I managed to > finish it in spite of his (ab)use of linguistic theory. It's still a > good book, but to imagine how great it might have been if I hadn't > been reading linguistics texts for years, or if the main plot point > hadn't hinged on a *very* strong version of Sapir-Whorf... urrrgh
Not to mention a gross misunderstanding of Chomskian Theory. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "The strong craving for a simple formula has been the undoing of linguists." - Edward Sapir