[Ads-l] Can "desegregate" be intransitive?

Benjamin Torbert btorbert at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 21 21:25:49 UTC 2016


I figure you can make almost anything intransitive if you really work at it.

On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 3:54 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> "The University of Alabama desegregated under court order in 1963"=C2=A0
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> erhaps factually incorrect, but surely grammatical.)
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> > OED3 says for "integrate" 2.b., "To bring (racially or culturally
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> > iated peoples) into equal membership of a society or system; to cease to
> > se=3D
> > gregate (racially)," and goes on to allow "Also intr., to become
> > integrated=3D
> > ," with three intransitive (I think!) examples in the 1960's.
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> > However, for "desegregate" it only has "transitive": "trans. To reunite
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> > rsons, classes, races, etc.) hitherto segregated; esp. (orig. U.S.) to
> > abol=3D
> > ish racial segregation in schools and other institutions."
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> > Why not "Also intr., to become desegregated"?=3DC2=3DA0 Because the
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> ns
> > hav=3D
> > e not yet found an example?
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