Poynter Institute, Language Log, Grammar

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Poynter Institute, Language Log, Grammar

Xah Lee, 2010-08-31

Discovered the Language Log few months ago, but only started to read it this week.

today's article:〈The Glamour of Grammar〉 (2010-08-31), by Mark Liberman. At: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2596

I don't think i like the Roy guy. Idiotic. All he got to say is how much he's respected.

The first other article i checked out is:

〈Slippery glamour〉 by Mark Liberman, at http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=322

Very nice work.

I went to look at Mark's bio, ( http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~myl/ ) a professor of University of Pennsilvania. Departmet of lingusitics. NICE. No wonder he makes sense on english.

I felt eager to share my view of sides here, albeit only have read 2 articles above thus far, but at the moment i went on and read some more. This one:

〈Don't tell Sister Catherine William〉 (2008-07-05), by Mark Liberman, at: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=323

Is also very nice. This one, on matters of relations of linguistics, generative grammar, descriptive school of thought, even i, can catch with his pants down, if i were to see it first. (but then, if i were, i probably would have been swerved by the highness oozing out of “Poynter Institute.”.)

What infuriate me the most is the tendency to throw names, jargons, empty fluffs. (See: Politics and the English Language.)

What a idiot: “O! but i am respected i sell million copies of my writing book to journalists...”.

Maybe it's too quick to judge a man out of just 2 articles? I dunno, but i wonder how many thousands of journalists'n'writer wanna-be idiots have been suckered up into the writing establishment guilds.

For u writers out there, a lil advice from the redoubtable Xah Lee: study mathematical logic, study linguistics, if you want to improve your writing. Don't, ever, think about anything “grammar”. Fuck it.

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