flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jun 16 21:34:31 UTC 2003
Indeed. It is in fact that "motto" that really got my goat.
In any case, I'm happy to see I've opened a linguistic can of worms. Now a
colleague has sent me the entire text of Trudgill's article, and I'll be
happy to send it on in turn to interested others--copyright(ed) or not.
At 04:35 PM 6/16/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>In a message dated 6/16/03 3:25:07 PM, GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU quotes:
> > A society is generally as lax as its language.
>This sentence in itself is so "lax"--so silly, so devoid of any real semantic
>content--that it is just about impossible to imagine that the journal that
>describes its goals in such terms is worthy of any serious interest.
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