Friday, April 18, 2008

I love the internets 

Here's a fascinating article about how human beings create language:
All human beings, Bickerton argues, are born with a sense of grammar, a universal language template. Words can vary from place to place and are bound only by the limits of human creativity and the larynx. But grammar is innate.
Well, maybe, but I wouldn't be so sure about adjectival nouns.
And did you ever wonder about the role of Mercutio in the play Romeo and Juliet? Me neither, but here's Lance Mannion's entertaining explanation:
Mercutio is the one character in the play who recognizes that they are all trapped within a play.
And aren't we all.

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