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X is the same as Y

It’s been several months since I’ve posted anything, mostly because I’ve been busy with coursework, research, TAing, etc. But I have been keeping some squib notes. Here is one. In formal methods class one day, my prof. wrote on the … Continue reading

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is is that

TED recently posted a talk by Kevin Slavin entitled “How algorithms shape our world”. The subject matter is interesting, but even more interesting, for me at least, is a pervasive peculiarity in Kevin’s speech: in constructions like “the problem is … Continue reading

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re: Distant Drums (a reply to Geoff Pullum)

Geoff Pullum over at Language Log wrote a post about the Jim Reeves country song “Distant Drums”. His question was about the underlined part below. So Mary marry me, let’s not wait Let’s share all the time we can before … Continue reading

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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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squibs

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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