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Adverbial generics and control in Finnish

Recently I worked with Finnish control (more about this later) and came up with something I thought was interesting. I will share the data in this post without providing anything towards an analysis. 868 more words


It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring: how to talk about rain in English and French

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring,

He went to bed and he bumped his head and he didn’t get up ’til the morning.

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Parallel corpora, collocations, and crazy people on the Métro

One evening I was riding the metro home when a guy got into the car with some used books to sell.  A man sitting across the aisle from me asked to see them.  1,705 more words

The Greek Verbal System and Aspect Prominence - JETS 59/1

Nick Ellis, Mark Dubis, and I have been working together for several years now under the auspices of the BibleMesh Greek project. Nick presented a shortened version of our efforts at the… 181 more words


The confusion of thinking about the subjunctive

I got an email today with this question:

It’s a nice data point regarding something that’s difficult for us English speakers to remember: penser que… 224 more words

How we're sounding stupid today III

A friend recently wrote to ask if I were in Paris.  I answered:

She answered thusly:

We learn two things from this datum:

What's making us sound stupid today II

Is an event a thing?  In traditional grammar, they are, at least on the level at which we’re taught traditional grammar in the Anglophone education system.  455 more words