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Re: Re: English/Language/Grammar

by gumpu (Friar)
on Jun 05, 2001 at 23:02 UTC ( #85950=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: English/Language/Grammar
in thread English/Language/Grammer

It a very good example :) I 'borrowed' it from a really wonderful book called "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinkerton. Well worth a read! It explains in vividly how wonderful flexible natural languages are, and how complex the machinery (the brain) is to process it.

Have Fun

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Re: Re: Re: English/Language/Grammar
by Tiefling (Monk) on Jun 06, 2001 at 13:55 UTC
    Curious - I got the 'Time flies...' and 'Fruit flies...' elements from Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue. The bit about Atlantis was my idea, as I was struck by the thought that 'Time flies like an arrow' is not actually a canonical use of the verb 'to fly'.

    Tiefling (who flies like a brick)

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