don rumfeld's colloquial language

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu May 9 12:31:40 UTC 2002

Hmmmmmm. Why would you read a book, digest it, think about it, talk
with other folk about it, and so on and then want to talk like it? I
wonder which of the books I've read I should want to talk like? Even
in my "formative" years (doctoral candidacy) I can't remember wanting
to sound like Aspects of the Theory of Syntax.


>:It seems that the more powerful people become in US politics, the more they
>:want to disguise just how powerful they actually are.
>Same's frequently true of well-educated people and their language, even in
>academics.  'Tis a puzzle.  We prize education so much, but most never speak
>as though they've ever opened a book.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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