George Thompson's researches

Drew Danielson andrew.danielson at CMU.EDU
Mon Jan 28 20:10:26 UTC 2002

Lynne Murphy wrote:
> I suppose part of the reason that count 'researches' strikes me as odd is
> because I have a range of ways of making 'research' countable that are
> semantically more transparent--and so 'researches' confuses me as to what's
> being counted.
> There's
> pieces of research  ---  'I've seen a few pieces of research that
> contradict that claim'--in this case, research = the output of researching
> streams/programs of research -- 'I've got two streams of research going at
> the moment: lexical relations and social labeling'.
> but if it's the sum of all the little projects I've done, it's my (mass)
> research, not my researches.

With this in mind, and even without, 'researches' implies to me separate
forays.  George Thompson's research into, "Feathers without much
chicken," plus George Thompson's research into, "Coniack," comprise two
of George Thompson's researches.

Not the output of researching, but research activity.  That's at least
how it seems to me.

FWIW, I don't have this one, but I like the way it feels :)

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