HSTAHLKE at GW.BSU.EDU
Thu Jan 25 19:27:04 UTC 2001
>>> laurence.horn at YALE.EDU 01/25/01 01:25AM >>>
Talk about the stars being aligned. an hour ago I received a
from Georgia Green, who is not an ads-l subscriber and has no
we've been talking about will/shall, that contains the following
information about Bishop Lowth, the famed 18th century British
Robert Lowth was a grumpy old man, worse than Kilpatrick or
their worst days, and he as much as admits making up the
"_Will_ in the first Person singular and plural promises or
threatens; in the second and third
Persons only foretells: _shall_ on the contrary, in the
Person simply fortells; in the
second and third Persons commands or threatens."
Then there is a footnote:
This distinction was not observed formerly as to the word
_shall_, which was used in the
Second and Third Persons to express simply the event.
So, he's making it up!
Sof if Georgia is right, and I have no reason to doubt her, it
Bishop Lowth who...er, whom we have to thank for that immortal
"I shall drown; no one will save me!" [despairing accidental
"I will drown; no one shall save me!" [determined suicide]
Bishop Lowth should have drowned; no one would have saved him.
Bishop Lowth would have drowned; no one should have saved him.
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