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Re: OT: 'Dry' textbooks (was: Re: CHAT: _Describing Morphosyntax_)

From:Mark P. Line <mark@...>
Date:Sunday, August 29, 2004, 20:12
Carsten Becker said:
> > On Sunday 29 August 2004 01:34, Mark P. Line wrote: > > > J. K. Hoffman said: > > > But, I'm an almost > > > total non-linguist. I mean, I've never had a formal > > > class in linguistics and what tiny bit I know I > > > dragged, kicking and screaming, from some of the driest > > > textbooks I have ever read. Unfortunately, _Describing > > > Morphosyntax_ is one of those, for me. > > > > What is it exactly that makes you experience these books > > as 'dry'? I'm curious because I can easily imagine that > > most non-linguists find much of what I write 'dry' in the > > same way. But I wouldn't know where to start to make it > > any wetter... > > Well, you could wrap it in a nice little story :þ
So, Phil the Phoneme walked into this bar, see, and ...
> I think it's just the style such things are written in -- > always explanatory, no action, quite densely written so > that you must think about what you read. Like an entry > in an encyclopedia. It's a lot more strenuous (sp?) than > watching TV at least.
Soccer is strenuous, and lots of people do that for *fun*. Maybe the subject matter of those dry textbooks just isn't fun for some people. -- Mark