[Ads-l] Is this easier to parse for others than it is for me?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 11 21:17:44 EDT 2018


Thankfully, I and no one else I know...

On Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 9:12 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> >  Has everyone been saying this sort of thing all along and I haven’t
> noticed?
>
> No.
>
> Another SOTA, IMO.
>
> JL
>
> On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 8:28 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > Tonight on NBC Nightly News, anchor Kate Snow summarized an incident in
> > which an entire parking lot suddenly collapsed into a sinkhole.  One
> woman
> > had been sitting in her car when it happened, but Snow reassured viewers:
> > “Luckily, she and no one else was injured”
> >
> > It’s clear what was intended:  Luckily, neither she nor anyone else was
> > injured.  But I couldn’t say it the way Kate Snow did, with the negation
> in
> > “no one else” extending over the “she” in the first conjunct, and I can’t
> > remember if I’ve heard it before.  I trolled the web for similar
> examples,
> > and sure enough I found a few almost identical ones.  Note that the
> > presence of “luckily”, “fortunately”, or “thankfully” blocks the
> > compositional interpretation (as in “she and no else was responsible” =
> she
> > was, nobody else was) that is much more widely attested.
> >
> > Queen Latifah was the victim of a carjacking in Atlanta, but thankfully
> > she and no one else was injured during the robbery.
> >
> >
> http://www.justjared.com/2016/12/28/video-queen-latifah-falls-victim-to-carjacking-in-atlanta/
> >
> > [re kart-racer Ashley Rugero]
> > Her trip to the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero outside Valencia,
> > Spain over November 25-29 for the 15th edition of the RMCGF did not go as
> > planned. Her laptimes were right there during practice but slipped in
> > qualifying…A wreck in heat one was marred by an exploding brake rotor in
> > heat two. Thankfully, she and no one else was hurt.
> >
> >
> https://ekartingnews.com/2014/12/03/ekartingnews-com-driver-of-the-month-october-2014-ashley-rogero/
> >
> > My husband is epileptic and Keppra was a med he used to take. He had two
> > major emotional fallouts. One time he got into an argument with a friend
> of
> > his and he got in his car and stormed off. Ended up totalling his car.
> > Luckily he (and no one else was hurt).
> >
> >
> https://www.healthboards.com/boards/epilepsy/754506-can-keppra-alter-personalty.html
> > (I know, weird parentheses, but no doubt the least of her problems.)
> >
> > Has everyone been saying this sort of thing all along and I haven’t
> > noticed?
> >
> > LH
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