Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Quick Hits: Listening, Critique, Language

Excerpts from three different papers.

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Anonymous dana khan said...

Mmmmm. Prudes with friction.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Tekla said...

Maybe I'm just being stupid, but what is wrong with the first example (other than "teaching five years of" which is slightly awkward phrasing)?

2:21 PM  
Blogger meg said...

4th base?! wow.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Siew said...

The first one's from a very interesting/useful b-school class (sarcasm) where we had to write a self-assessment memo about our communication skills/weaknesses. That was...meh. I liked the cartoon, you never cease to disappoint.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

the author of piece #3 is almost certainly not a linguist, but any linguist will tell you that language cannot be taught, only acquired.

if you have a "son, now here's how wh-questions are formed from imbedded clause" lecture story from your early childhood, please share it, right after you get done with therapy.

3:27 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

nothing's wrong with #1. Her use of "a good ear" from violin though usually means that she has a good ear for pitch, tone, and other musical related things, not that she's a good listener. Her next few sentences sort of explain her reasoning, but when you're one sentence in, I imagine the situation drawn.

Ed apparently remembers more from his linguists courses than I do. That has to be what Author #3 meant: too bad the sentence structure didn't back it up. Or maybe Author's dad beat him everytime he used the subjunctive incorrectly and it's a commentary on how ineffective that was.

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