failures of parallelism
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jul 5 20:12:14 UTC 2004
On Jul 5, 2004, at 12:54 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On the free-choice reading I just alluded to, here's one that doesn't
> involve a conjunctive blend:
> Not that defending one's country is the job of a film critic, but I
> would think any American couldn't help but feel a little defensive
> after watching this film.
this one i find hugely better than
Any American could not resolve these problems.
the Dogville critique is better, i think because "couldn't help but" is
in fact semantically positive, roughly equivalent to "would".
i have tremendous trouble with free-choice "any" subjects with
semantically negative VPs. i realize this is subtle, since things like
Any American would be unable to resolve these problems.
Any American would fail to resolve these problems.
are fine free-choice sentences for me.
but i do understand that there are dialect differences on the truly
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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