[Ads-l] to "question"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 30 19:52:53 UTC 2015


To put it another way, it's bad writing.
On Mar 30, 2015 2:34 PM, "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

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> > On Mar 30, 2015, at 11:56 AM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> =
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> > Looks like a blend: "The government does not question the accuracy of =
> the information"
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> But why not "The government does not question whether the information is =
> accurate", which is a lot closer to the syntax of the sentence uttered?  =
> And if it's a blend, it's a well-established one; examples of "X do(es) =
> not question that Y" with exactly this sense (expressing doubts as to =
> whether Y is the case, not necessarily denying, or attempting to deny, =
> that Y is the case) are very easy to attest.  I find blend analyses more =
> appealing for one-off structures. =20
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> LH
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> > + "The government does not deny that the information is accurate."
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> > Gerald Cohen=20
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> > Jonathan Lighter wrote, Monday, March 30, 2015 6:29 AM
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> > Subject: to "question"
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> > 'To attempt to deny (that)' :
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> > CNN reports that the French government has criticized the release of
> > cockpit recordings from the Germanwings flight, "but does not question =
> that
> > the information is accurate."
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> > Some OED defs. come close, but definitely no cigar.
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> > JL
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