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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Quote of the Day

For this quote, two definitions are necessary:

1) sex: ... well, maybe you know this one.

2) subjacency: (noun, linguistics) a restriction on grammatical movement in the sentence that prevents elements moving over more than one boundary, the definition of boundary varying as a parameter from one language to another.

Completely understanding number 2 isn't vital.  Number 1... well, Darwin thinks you need to know this one.

Quote: "Subjacency has many virtues, but... it could not have increased the chances of having fruitful sex."
From Lightfoot, D. (1991) "Subjacency and sex". Language and communication 11: 67-69.

This is one of the many reasons why I love linguists.

2 comments:

JoseG said...

Sounds like things are getting a little wild at that conference!

RosieC said...

Oh, if only... :)

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