"funny" language; was Re: No more "Christian name, sir?" in Kent, UK

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 3 02:23:26 UTC 2010

Ah, but only "funny" in the context of his paper (something like
"PIFL: Principle of information-free linguistics"--he expanded it two
other ways in the paper)--not in the context of the requirement. The
paper appeared in CLS in the 30s somewhere (my copy is NOT at hand).

On 1 Apr 2010, at 6:23 AM, Judy Prince wrote:

> Jerry's marvelous assertion that English counts as a "funny
> language" relates to the equally witty language-political "poster
> poem"
> by Tom Leonard, a Glaswegian Scot, in his recent poetry book
> _Outside The
> Narrative_:
> AN
> OF
> AN

I like!


Barbara Need

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