[Ads-l] Really?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 4 02:15:34 UTC 2015


Sorry, I'm a Facebook virgin.  So that answers the question--it had nothing to do with what kind of name "Keren" is but the "their" really was a singular pronoun, for whatever reason known only to the FB pronoun generator.  Interesting.

LH

> On Jun 3, 2015, at 9:38 PM, Geoff Nathan <an6993 at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
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> And it's her birthday today, and therefore the cause of this discussion (I assume). Many of us are Facebook friends of hers and therefore posted on her FB page. 
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>> The only Keren I've ever known is Keren Rice of the U. of Toronto =
>> linguistics department. She's a recent president of the LSA, my
>> former =
>> co-chair on the LSA Program Committee, and (despite being Canadian)
>> an =
>> elected fellow of the AAAS as well as a holder of various Canadian =
>> hono(u)rs (cf. https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Keren-5FRice&d=AwICaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=QM_iYZMnOF-N3q85QYCk5FJx3nnVupPkMPOo5UAeo7g&s=rg1vjQToJLCETD3sUH3ACjpVVkqJ8nmDBR_R1teJa0I&e= ). =20
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>> Note that she takes the feminine singular pronoun.
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>> LH
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>>> On Jun 3, 2015, at 4:19 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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>>> Because "Keren" could be a unisex name.
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>>> Doesn't good grammar mean anything anymore?
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>>> JL
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>>> On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 2:54 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
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>>>> "47 friends posted on Keren's timeline for their birthday."
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>>>> Why did they do that, I wonder.
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