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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Far from the Madding Gerund: It is also pretty clear that this lexicalization is not stigmatized or marked as vernacular by those who exhibit it. Page created 10 Jun. But it’s syntactically odd in an interesting way. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For example, in the sentence: This book does not demand that you clear your head and sit down with furrowed brow for several hours; nothing is more than a few yerund long, and technical vocabulary is kept to a minimum.

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But you can’t do that! I want to read linearly, not to jump frantically from page to page. Down with Strunk and White!

You are commenting using your Nadding account. I did not know that. Attack on Strunk rhe White. Another list on writing dos and donts bridgingtheunbridgeable.

What’s odd about Skidelsky’s sentence is that “far from” has no plausible syntactic analysis. Jul 20, Jonathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jul 07, Weirleader rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a collection of articles written by two professional linguists, Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K Pullum, all of which were first posted on their Web site, the Language Log.

The whole thing is structurally just an adjective with a PP complement, like “full of promise”, “equal to the challenge”, “hot to the touch”, “ready for use”, and plenty of others. Notify me of new posts via email. Hey, Tom, good of you to drop by!

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

If you’re feeling generous: It’s one mxdding several forces that maddinh to create complexity and irregularity in natural language form-meaning relationships, in opposition to other forces that tend to regularize those relationships. Paperbackpages. Google Books — Loading 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 a matter of time before the shadow takes over and licenses examples like “far from VERBs”.


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Far from the Madding Gerund: And Other Dispatches from Language Log by Mark Liberman

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