Archive for October, 2004

Another Pearl from Paul…

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Graham, that is:
“If you’re worried that your current job is rotting your brain, it probably is.”
So that’s what that leaky stuff is! And I thought my ears had just gone into wax production overtime!
Like the woman contestant in Nicole’s game show at the beginning of The Stepford Wives says, “Hey…’cause I can do better!”
Something […]

A pearl of wisdom…

Monday, October 25th, 2004

If you’re not familiar with Paul Graham and his essays, you should be!
Back in first semester, during a session of my Graduate EC class, we were discussing several problematic sentences when one of the students asked me how Chomsky would diagram the structure of one. When I said I had no idea, and in […]


Friday, October 15th, 2004

“Corpus linguistics is meaningless.”

Too much free time…

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Sometimes I like to surf over to the R. Robot weblog (R. Robot is Making Sense) and enter “Noam Chomsky” in the Slander control panel, just to see what the bot will come up with. Today’s first attempt was a bit interesting:
There you have it: the outrageous anti-Americanism, the defeatist disgrace […]

Ah well…

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Surely it was a most fortunate thing for Transformational Grammar that in 1956 the Technology Press of MIT declined to publish LSLT, so that for many years the linguistic world encountered only the sketchy version of Chomsky’s ideas found in Syntactic Structures. Chomsky might have established a reputation, with or without LSLT, on the […]

One more down…

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Saw in the paper this morning where Jacques Derrida has died at age 74.
Man did a lot for the study of literature; will be sorely missed.
Deconstructionism will no doubt prove to have been as detrimental in its areas of application as, say, Christianity has been in world history.
Well, OK, that’s probably a bit of an […]

Literate Reviews

Friday, October 8th, 2004

And a joy to read.
If you like speculative fiction (SciFi & fantasy), check out the Literature pages at Inchoatus. I haven’t found a review I disagree with yet.
And what’s really fun is the withering comments in the less than favorable reviews. Here’s a sample:
Why You Should Pass
We gave it a 1. It’s our […]

We shall not cease from exploration…

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

…and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. (T. S. Eliot)
(blah blah blah)
[Yes, I’m still just trying this thing out!]

All hail the Alma Mater?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

This one started out as just another test post, while I was setting up my categories (by no means settled, mind you), but I suppose I should fill it out a bit.
I suppose it would be a bit ungrateful to start windging and whining about the place (especially now that, as I edit this in […]

I teach…

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

I teach…therefore I am?
Well, maybe I’m not that gungho…but then again, the job does have its moments.
Good ones, I mean!
(More later; this is just a test entry)
(Category copied from extramural blog)


Thursday, October 7th, 2004

(Followink pvck’s advice leads to this…)
…the regular expression language is no different from any other in that it has various dialects and accents.
A reproducible experiment in action. Perhaps a good place to begin another blog on linguistics, seeing how this fundament of the scientific method has so little to do with the “science” we […]

What’s in a name?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet….
Or stink high-heavenward just the same, methinks!
I mean, am I the only one left who thinks that “Dr. SUZUKI Taro” is bad English style, an orthographic/typographic nightmare–JUST PLAIN STUPID-LOOKING–whatever “ancient cultural traditions” are used to justify it?
I mean, come on, folks, if asserting your Japanese identity […]