Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

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Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

Postby Iulus Cofield » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:31 am UTC

Inspired by these Dinosaur Comics:
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For the spoilerphobic, T-Rex is convinced that it's "horses all the way down" for English words and idioms. Lots are, but the joke is the implied overgeneralization. This thread is basically "troll physics" and related humor for linguistics .

I was recently in a class discussion about ergative/absolutive languages. I asserted English is clearly ergative. My proof?
"Who thinks English is ergative? Me." The professor laughed and gave me an Altoid for my courage.

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Re: Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

Postby Derek » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:04 am UTC

I...I don't know what to say. I can't deny it. English is horses all the way down.

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Re: Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

Postby Aiwendil42 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:49 pm UTC

I was recently in a class discussion about ergative/absolutive languages. I asserted English is clearly ergative. My proof?
"Who thinks English is ergative? Me." The professor laughed and gave me an Altoid for my courage.


Now that is highly amusing. For some reason it reminds me of that story about J.L. Austin giving a lecture in which he noted that while in many languages a double negative is an affirmative, there are no languages in which a double affirmative is a negative. To which Sidney Morgenbesser's immediate response from the audience was a dismissive "yeah, yeah."

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Re: Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

Postby MotorToad » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:52 pm UTC

Ah, my favorite language: sarcasm. :)
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Re: Horses all the way down (Silly linguistic theories)

Postby cjdrum » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:45 pm UTC

Well, even Fahrenheit is based off of horse's blood... :shock:
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