A sign of the Apocalypse?

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Apr 5 12:22:40 UTC 2005

Interesting that juxtaposition as a grammatical strategy for the
possessive has served many languages well for a very long time with
no apocalyptic results. Some little pieces of English morphology,
however, have always seemed more certainly connected to the endgame
(e.g.,the silly 3rd singular indicative markers on verbs). Kinda cool
to be the chosen language I guess.


>  >
>>Today, Judge Judy said ",,, established that he is the _baby_ father."
>>Hopefully, this was just a lapsus linguae.
>>-Wilson Gray
>Or alternatively, she made a natural transference from "babymother" -- which
>is pretty well established -- or counteralternatively, in her spare time (one
>assumes she has lots) she has been watching episodes of BBC2's Babyfather.
>Orin Hargraves

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
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Michigan State University
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