Pullum at MIT this afternoon

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Tue Apr 20 23:39:06 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>       Education is not promoted through encouraging educated Americans to
>>       believe, falsely, that their command of their own native language is
>>       flawed and inadequate.
> I'd like to know exactly what "educated" means here and which subset of
> "educated Americans" is being criticized "falsely."
> Without the word "educated," however, the statement is a fine example of the
> "linguistician's fallacy," a name I have the honor to introduce right now.

I suspect that the word "educated" is not there by accident.

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