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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Of course, I hold the view that of the following two sentences, the first is incorrectly punctuated: Viva languagehat linquasombrero en Cinco de Mayo! Even a Book-of-the-Month Club editon oh, pleez, sir!

Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Just cheap, I guess. Gallery This entry was posted in newsusage features and tagged adverbial likelyprescriptive narrativessplit infinitive. In case the reader is one of those whose education has not provided them with this essential skill, here’s a quick lesson: This usually just creates a new lexical item, in this case an adverb “far from”, like the vernacular pseudo-adverb sort of in “he sort of fulfils the promise”, or the regionalism near to in “I near to died” google finds 8 instances of “near to died”.

Trivia About Far from the Madd What’s odd about Skidelsky’s sentence is that “far from” has no plausible syntactic analysis. John Fine rated it really liked it Dec 20, The theme of the site is grammar and correctness in English.


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They geeund the abandonment of grammar teaching in American schools a view often echoed in the UKin particular being alarmed at errors of grammar in the official answers to recent SAT practice questions. James Fysk rated it it was amazing May 19, Unfortunately, things are not all peachy.

Far From the Madding Gerund

Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Pullumpublished in This book kind of fulfills its promise. First spread the sentence out on a clean, flat surface, such as an ironing board. 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. I used to work in a bookstore and oh the joy of bookstore smells. May 7, at 2: Hell yes you get more out of reading a book than you do squint-reading off a god-damn eye-ruining fsr screen.

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Jul 26, Spencer rated it really liked it. Christine Wilcox rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Jun 08, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love linguistics in the global sense; this is more an examination of the nuances of English. But you can’t do that!

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Recall the cartoon where it shows a bunch of bureaucrats emptying all the libraries of the world into a woodchipper-looking Internet machine? Thanks for telling us about this, Language Hat. Open Preview See a Problem? Skidelsky is obviously a good writer, and he missed it. In case the reader is one of those whose education has not provided them with this essential skill, here’s a quick lesson:.


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I bought myself this book, mostly frrom I could have an actual text for my bibliography we could use only a limited number of non-text or online-journal sites, although she later gave me approval to use sources like unorthodox online dictionaries, given my topicbut I ended up enjoying it for its own sake.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I did copyediting for several years at the American Chemical Society, whose style manual prescribes putting only stuff that actually belongs inside the quotes inside the quotes, and there are other scientific and technical style manuals with similar rules.

However, if I had found the Language Log blog earlier, I wouldn’t have needed to read the book. May 7, at What’s interesting is that he almost gets away with it.

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