second thoughts on Nkinis

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 22 18:11:53 UTC 2004

>And I'm sure I can hear Ricky Jacobs grumbling he got nothing.

Actually I think this was before they hooked up.  (That's the
pre-modern sense of the verb particle construction, I hasten to add.)
At least the "Core Grammar" was released under Rosenbaum's solo tag.


>>At 10:34 PM -0500 12/21/04, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>>>>>>    French monokini and bikini were both app. coined by Louis Reard and
>>>>>>patented by him in 1946: see Femmes d'Aujourd'hui (1972) 12 July.]
>>>What does this mean? I don't think a word can be patented, can it?
>>there have been other attempts, one famous one being when Pat Riley
>>supposedly patented "three-peat" after his Lakers won two
>>championships consecutively in the late 80's.  Of course then they
>>didn't win, and it was only in the 90's when his nemesis Phil Jackson
>>won two "three-peats" with the Chicago Bulls, courtesy of Jordan,
>>Pippen, and company.  There was speculation that the companies that
>>made up Three-peat tees and sweatshirts to celebrate the events would
>>have to pay royalties to Riley, and whether that would partially make
>>up for the fact that his teams never accomplished the feat.
>>In our own world, more or less, Arnold or someone else may recall the
>>rumor that the IBM-based syntactician Peter Rosenbaum had patented
>>"Raising", so that every time someone else mentioned the rule--or, we
>>liked to think after one too many tokes of banana peel, every time
>>someone said something of the form "I believe John to have kissed
>>Mary" or "A unicorn seems to be approaching" [yes, those were both
>>considered instances of Raising back then]--Rosenbaum would demand a
>>couple of cents.
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