laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 22 02:31:38 UTC 2001
>Thanks, Larry, for alerting me to this. I looked at this last week, and
>Geoff Nunberg is aware of this too.
>The author of this article, Peter Corey, is an extreme traditionalist,
>whose quest seems to be logical consistency in language. An "epilogue" to
>his book is entitled "How Linguistics Killed Grammar."
>A couple of the "mistakes" that he observes in AHD are that "like" is
>identified as a preposition, and "none" as a pronoun.
>Among the reasons he gives for "like" not being a preposition is that,
>unlike any other preposition, "like" can be negated by the prefix un-.
>(The AHD deals with this by listing "unlike" as a preposition as well as an
>adjective.) "None" is not a pronoun, in Corey's view, because it can be
>"modified" by "almost," and pronouns cannot be modified by definition, ergo
>. . .
>Far be it from me to say that the categorization of words into traditional
>parts of speech is unencumbered by ambiguity, but I can't see investing a
>lot of time to refute such assertions.
Hi, Joe. I did notice the references in his web site to _How
Linguistics Killed Grammar_, and figured he was Mrs. Grundy
personified, which he has certainly done nothing to dispel with his
current crusade. So presumably "everybody" can't be a pronoun either
according to Corey? It's nice that at least one preposition can be
un-prefixed, since un- can also attach to all the other major
categories (adjectives, verbs, nouns). Makes for a more symmetric
system, in fact. (Most U.S. dictionaries seem to share this "error"
of classifying "unlike" as a preposition.)
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