Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Brett Reynolds
160 followers
160 followers
About
Brett's posts

Post has attachment
Contact magazine, Vol 40(4) now available
Get your free copy here .

Post has attachment
On reading Syntactic Structures
Noam Chomsky's book Syntactic structures clearly was an inflection point in the development of linguistics as a science. It's pretty clear that no linguist has had more influence on the field, and this book was revolutionary in its impact. It has been criti...

Post has attachment
Useful examples for language learners
The odd choices of example sentences that sometimes show up in these "teach yourself to speak..." type books along with phrase books has been rightly mocked in the past. In fact, the subtext of this blog's title references just such a phrase book . Recently...

Post has attachment
Some naive thoughts on intuition
Much of the last two weeks has been spent trying to get my head around what a head is. A representative definition might be. A head is the syntactic function of the dominant constituent within a phrase to which other constituents are subordinate or a two-wo...

Post has attachment
Hudson on Zwicky on heads
As you can see , I've been reading Hudson's on syntactic relations. In his 1987 paper, like the others, it’s hard to judge the arguments because I don’t have a view of the whole system that he's working in. As so many linguists do, he suggests a few items a...

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
On meeting 'otiose' twice in a day
Well, not in the same day, but certainly within a 24-hour period. As I was lying in bed last night, reading Charles Mann's 1493 , I came across the phrase the otiose Percy on p. 78. As of this morning, I've read to p. 90, so that's about 4,500 words later. ...

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
Hudson on "determiners"
In a 2004 paper, Dick Hudson casts doubt on the very idea of determiners. But like so many others, he appears to confound the idea of a category and a function. Take, for instance, the following claims: We all agree that the English determiners include word...

Post has attachment
Wait while more posts are being loaded