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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Thanks, Jonathan, and I withdraw my totally froom snark about cheap academics. In Search of Russian Modernism. Thus your diagram would be shaped like a little tree with branches sticking out of it to indicate the locations of the various particles of speech, such as your gerunds, proverbs, adjutants, etc.

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Very funny and illuminating. From now on, I will regularly write posts on linguistic strictures like the split infinitive and invite readers of this blog to let us have their comments. World Wide Words tries to record at least a part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech. Tamar rated it liked it Apr 23, masding The humour and passion shared herein are fabulous.

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Language Log: Far from the madding gerund

Sentence Nadding speakers Older speakers This book far from fulfils its promise. I conjecture that explicit instruction in grammatical analysis tends to damp in formal writing the effect of these “forces of disorder”, limiting them to gradual leakage from patterns that have become well established in the vernacular where formal instruction is irrelevant.

fromm However, if I had found the Language Log blog earlier, I wouldn’t have neede For anyone that enjoys reading about Language, this book contains a series of entries from the Language Log blog: Want to Read saving…. If you are a supercilious grammar nerd who takes pleasure in other people’s displays of igno I wrote a paper for a linguistics class on language change, focusing on the phenomenon of eggcorns.

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Far From the Madding Gerund

Gerunds after verbs, my dear— I prefer to practice what I predicate. Down with Strunk and White! May 5, by languagehat 22 Comments. Within the context of the Bridging the Unbridgeable project, I am going to do something similar: This has always been tue bone of contention for me. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Return to Book Page. If you’re interested in the English language, this is good bathroom reading material.


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Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log

This is a collection of posts for the language log blog, so you can read them online and decide if you would want to read them in book form.

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