Jun 10, Review of ‘Far From the Madding Gerund’, by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K Pullum. Mark Liberman and Geoffrey Pullum, Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log (Wilsonville, Oregon: William, James & Co., ). Dec 5, Far from the madding gerund. Edward Skidelsky’s review of George Steiner’s Lessons of the Masters contains this sentence: Unfortunately.

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A recent post along these lines was the one on adverbial likely.

Now that grammatical instruction has been abandoned for several generations, at least in the American educational system, we are likely to see a new era of change within the culture of formal writing.

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But it’s syntactically odd in an interesting way.

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Within the context of the Bridging the Unbridgeable project, I am going to do something similar: Thanks, Jonathan, that makes sense in a bureaucratic way, not in the normal way that things make sense, since the. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Skidelsky is obviously a good writer, and he missed it.

Unfortunately, things are gerynd all peachy. Please excuse me, I have a terrible bee in my bonnet about this. Djaz rated it liked it May 14, OK but informal only. Problems viewing this page? Cookies and privacy Other words sites Affixes dictionary. It will make a good present for some people I know who love language but are unfamiliar with the site. This post also includes a mxdding poll which is trying to assess your attitude to this construction.

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Far from the Madding Gerund: And Other Dispatches from Language Log

But the real question is, when will we see a Language Hat book? There is plenty here to inspire deeper thoughts as well. Then, using a sharp pencil or X-Acto knife, locate the “predicate,” which indicates where the action has taken place and is usually located directly behind the gills.

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Select your currency from the list and click Donate. For anyone that enjoys reading about Language, this book contains a series of entries from the Language Log blog: When people start using “is far from VERB-ing” as a common way to say “definitely doesn’t VERB”, the rhetorical effect inevitably creates a sort of shadow analysis in parallel with the original syntax, and it’s only maddinh matter of time before the shadow takes over and licenses examples like “far from VERBs”.

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