reanalysis or nonce blend?

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed May 2 12:35:13 UTC 2007

Could we say the external "Berlin heart" is Jerry-rigged?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 20:05:32 -0400
>From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject: reanalysis or nonce blend?
>P.S.  In connection with an earlier thread (the "rhythm rule"), there was discussion today on ABC's World News Tonight of an "external heart", a device that saved a child's life in South Carolina.  It's called the "Berlin heart", a German import that has not yet been approved by the FDA yet, except on a case-by-case waiver.  But each time it was referred to, it was called a "BER-lin HEART", not a "Ber-LIN HEART", as if it were manufactured up the road from here in BER-lin Connecticut.  The rhythm rule strikes again!

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