Revival: someone/somebody

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Fri Nov 24 11:46:26 UTC 2000

Thanks very much to Ron for remembering my query about
somebody/someone, etc.  This info is super-helpful.  I'd had a
suspicion that Bolinger would have tackled this.

Ron said:
>The irony of the second part of the sentence is based upon the disambiguation
>of SOMEBODY in approximately the sense that Bologna suggests, i.e., SOMEBODY
>can either be a "real" person that the speaker has in mind ('close') or a
>hypothetical person that the speaker has faith exists (not 'close'). The
>other version of the line

My question:  Does everyone call him Bologna? (or does everybody?)
Never heard that one before...

M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 3AN    UK
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