[Ads-l] More Facebook-ing

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 9 14:34:06 UTC 2015


Reminds me--I wonder how many viewers following the story of Greece's referendum got confused by the fact that /nE:/ (<naĆ­>, modulo the alphabet) = 'yes'.  Of course everyone will know that /'oxi/ = 'no' based their familiarity with Aristotle and Sophocles, but the /nE:/ will garden-path most speakers of other Indo-European languages.

LH

> On Jul 9, 2015, at 7:45 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Makes sense when you think about it.  You say "I" to show it's you.
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> Contrariwise, you say "Neigh" to show you're a horse's ass.
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> JL
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> On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 12:56 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> All in favor say "I"!
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