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The "sports subjunctive": neither sports-related nor subjunctive

The so-called sports subjunctive has been in the news, and was discussed in this post by Mark Liberman. Mark is absolutely right in his interpretation of the crucial example under discussion (Judge Martin did not claim to be a Muslim, he used a colloquial counterfactual conditional with the meaning "if I were a Muslim"); [...]
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Horn on personal datives

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (5 years ago)

Mark Liberman's post, "On beyond personal datives?", has generated quite a bit of discussion in the comments section, much of it related to Larry Horn's paper, "'I love me some him': The landscape of non-argument datives", in Bonami... Read Post

Inappropriate laughter

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (5 years ago)

On Saturday, I went to another performance of the Chekhov play that I discussed a couple of days ago. And this time, I was struck by something that was neither in the play's text nor in the performers' interpretation, but rather in ... Read Post

INFER/IMPLY.

Academics / Linguistics : Language Hat (6 years ago)

Mark Liberman provides the best discussion you are likely to see of the tangled history of these words, and specifically of the use of "personal infer," the oldest example Mark could find being "Why, in the name of all that's consis... Read Post


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