Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]
On Sat, 2003-10-25 at 09:52, Nori Heikkinen wrote:
> on Fri, 24 Oct 2003 06:09:05PM -0500, Ron Johnson insinuated:
> > On Fri, 2003-10-24 at 17:15, Monique Y. Herman wrote:
> > > On Fri, 24 Oct 2003 at 22:02 GMT, Ron Johnson penned:
> > > >
> > > > I didn't learn that exact method, but did learn what I guess
> > > > you'd call "sentence decomposition". It fundamental to being
> > > > able to comprehend complex sentences.
> > > >
> > >
> > > I don't know about that. Having a mental map of sentences may be
> > > fundamental to constructing them perfectly, but being able to
> > > understand them seems to be a less formal process. That is, we
> > > may have built a diagram subconsciously, but most people don't
> > > need to be able to draw that diagram to use the language.
> > But the "less formal process", i.e., intuitive mapping without know-
> > ing what adjectives, adverbs, participles, etc are is less efficient
> > than having formal knowledge (even if that formal knowledge does not
> > consist of drawing diagrams).
> dude, that "less formal process" is the innate human linguistic
> mechanism. no arguing with that one. plenty of people understand
> sentences just fine every day without ever stopping to consider why --
> and much more efficiently, as anyone who's ever been in a syntax class
> will tell you!
Sure, but reading anything other than short prose becomes difficult,
and prone to misunderstanding.
Ron Johnson, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson, LA USA
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