[OT] Why would IT be a pain?
mpetrides at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 22 13:30:27 CDT 2006
that that is is that that is not is not is that not it it is
Translated: That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that not
it? It is.
Ok, I just couldn't resist this old one from grade school,
demonstrating the power of punctuation. Richmond's little ditty
brought it immediately to mind. Sorry.
On Jun 22, 2006, at 1:22 PM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> This is It
> and I am It
> and You are It
> and so is That
> and He is It
> and She is It
> and It is It
> and That is That.
> ain' it!
> As an EFL teacher I am aware that IT in terms
> of English grammar (try explaining how "It is raining"
> to Bulgarians!!!) is a slithery customer.
> Now most linguists describe it as a 'token' - meaning
> that IT is used to represent something else.
> And, in English grammar IT is really very flexible indeed
> and can be used as a token for almost anything (can't it?).
> So, as xTalk is meant to be English-like, IT would seem
> reasonable to assume that IT behaved similarly in xTalk
> to the way IT behaved in English (wouldn't it?).
> as I mentioned earlier; I am prone to over-generalisations
> and, this is why I raised IT in the first place.
> sincerely, Richmond Mathewson
> P.S. I have an MSc from the University of Abertay, Dundee
> in "Computers and IT" - so I should know :-)
> "Philosophical problems are confusions arising owing to the
> fluidity of meanings users attach to words and phrases."
> Mathewson, 2006
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