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Re: Quote Alphabet word association
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2012, 08:35:34 PM »
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Re: Quote Alphabet word association
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2012, 08:49:03 PM »
A ~ All


"All his examples are from Mohawk, which is the only language he really cares about."

-Memorable quote I heard during a lecture at a course in linguistics (comparative syntax!). I won't give the name of the professor but his first name begins with an A as well. The U.S. theorist he was referring to was engaging with the issue of universal grammar - finding sets of rules for construction and spontaneous understanding of clauses that would be common to all languages, and so they could be seen as inborn and programmed into our brains. Kind of odd, then, to pick nearly all your examples from a small native American language, if that's what you want to demonstrate...  :D

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Re: Quote Alphabet word association
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2012, 10:02:21 PM »
Beginning

“When the first baby laughed for the first time,
its laugh broke into a thousand pieces,
and they all went skipping about,
and that was the beginning of fairies.”
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan