[Ads-l] Crash blossom or something else?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 3 00:49:29 UTC 2016


My suggestion that the woman (and 2 children) accompanied the suspect in fleeing was intended both as a pun on Arnold's "attendant-circumstance" and a subtle skepticism about his reading.  I probably failed in both.  I agree 99.5% with Victor, namely that there is very small possibility of misinterpretation.


Joel

      From: victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM>
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 Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:39 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Crash blossom or something else?
   
Hmmm, actually, the suspect slipped away. The woman was a hostage along
with the children. So, "no possible misinterpretation"?

VS-)

On 12:10pm, Wed, Mar 2, 2016 Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> Or an *accompanying*-circumstance for "with a ..."?=C2=A0 That is, four
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> p away: "A woman slips away with (accompanied by) a pursuit suspect
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>  2 young children."
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> Still seems far-fetched to me.
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> Joel
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>      From: Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
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> > On Mar 2, 2016, at 7:32 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> > I don't see a possible misinterpretation.(1) The woman is not the pu=3D
> > rsuit suspect since there's no comma after "woman". (2) I can't make =3D
> > any sense out of "Pursuit Suspect" as a noun-verb construct, or of
> "Holdi=
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> > 2 Young Children" as the object of a verb.
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> attendant-circumstance modifier plus main clause:
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> 'with a pursuit suspect holding 2 young children, a woman slips away...
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> >=20
> > Pursuit Suspect Holding 2 Young Children, Woman Slips Away on Foot After
> > Hourslong Standoff in Newport Beach
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> that was in fact the first interpretation i got. and then was puzzled by
> it=
> .=C2=A0 undone by the missing "and"arnold
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