[Ads-l] more nominalized adjs.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 14 11:31:03 EST 2016


Yup, more subjects.  I do have the vague sense that these are (all) somehow a bit metalinguistic, and that BCBL questions, for example, aren't entirely synonymous with "What does fearlessness look like?" or "Does fearlessness age?",  but I won't try to propose an analysis.  

LH


> On Nov 14, 2016, at 10:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Dispositive Blue Cross Blue Shield ad:
> 
> "What does fearless look like? Does fearless age?"
> 
> JL
> 
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 8:46 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>>> On Nov 13, 2016, at 6:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Sonic:  "Nothing tastes better than free!"
>>> 
>>> Am starting to think these nominalized forms occur only in objective
>>> positions. True?
>> 
>> I don't think so, at least if we count equative structures:
>> 
>> "Crazy is fine. I can go for crazy."
>> "Cozy is what I like."
>> 
>> Rinse and repeat for other nouned adjectives.
>> 
>> LH
>> 
>> 
>>> 
>>> On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 8:23 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
>> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Trailer for the new Warren Beatty movie: "If you're crazy, I want more
>>>> crazy!"
>>>> 
>>>> JL
>>>> 
>>>> On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 6:09 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Jonathan Lighter <
>>>>> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> The ad says that to make the Duluth Trading Fire Hose Shirt Jac, it
>> took
>>>>>> "tough,  toasty, and some cozy."
>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Another example, from the NYT Online:
>>>>> 
>>>>> "The hatred toward her would have bloomed forth unchecked: more
>>>>> obstruction, more mudslinging, more investigations, _more vile_ would
>> have
>>>>> been in store for her."
>>>>> --
>>>>> -Wilson
>>>>> -----
>>>>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>>>>> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>>>> -Mark Twain
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