Monthly Archives: June 2011

are you gonna leave?

Following up just briefly on the gonna stuff from the end of the previous post, I noticed the following contrast last night. Context: it’s getting late and you’re ready to leave the party, so you tell your friend: (1) I’m … Continue reading

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been supposed to for…

There are what I might, for now, unscientifically call “gaps” in language, in the sense that certain pieces of a particular pattern in a grammar are missing, and are not replaced/suppleted by anything else. In this sense, the absences of, … Continue reading

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I remember the first time I was assigned to write a squib, a couple years ago in a phonology course, I had no idea what I was being asked to do. The dictionary entry for squib didn’t help much. 1. … Continue reading

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