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I found a sentence... [Apr. 6th, 2005|01:02 pm]

The sentence is this: "Viewed in a temporal perspective on a derivation, this produces a metaphor of moving them from one place to another.".

(a) Can you tell me what it means without seeing it in context?
(b) Can you tell me what it means after seeing it in context?
(c) Whether or not you know what it means, is there some sense in which you could say you like it?

You see, I do not know what it means, but I like it anyway. I like the way the words look and sound together, and I like the way the sentence moves along.

[User Picture]From: nou
2005-04-06 06:00 pm (UTC)
It gives the reasoning that certain constructions stand apart from the rest of the sentence they're in and thus there's an appearance of movement, when there isn't actually any real movement because these constructions are 'islands' that stand apart from the rest of the sentence.

Not quite. (The fact of the elements being islands is separate from the fact that the explanation uses a metaphor.) Everything before "Prototypic" is just saying that the concept of islands is important when you're applying movement rules.

it's about grammar, which is something I'm generally good at

It's not so much about prescriptive grammar, which is think is what you're referring to, but about linguistics, which is a completely different thing. Hm, let's see. Try this.

there I go ending a sentence with a preposition

Nothing wrong with that.
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