LINGUIST List 7.1811

Sat Dec 21 1996

Disc: Analogy

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  1. George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin, analogy
  2. Ellen F. Prince, analogy

Message 1: analogy

Date: Fri, 20 Dec 1996 09:36:31 -0500
From: George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin <oclsipa.net>
Subject: analogy

It seems to me that poetry demonstrates beyond question that any analogy
whatsoever may "happen" and probably will, and that the relevant question
is which analogies *persist* in a language, not which ones happen. And that
- as Benji Wald points out -- this is independent of questions about how
analogy may figure in Universal Grammar and similarly farflung
neurolocales.

Suzette Haden Elgin
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Message 2: analogy

Date: Fri, 20 Dec 1996 10:28:00 EST
From: Ellen F. Prince <ellencentral.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject: analogy

i got this in an email msg today (from a non-linguist):

'My RAV4 finally got off the boat!
I went to the importer's yard to look for it today. Thought maybe it
was one of 'a few' blue ones. Imagine my surprise when I saw all
 ^^^^^^^^^
of them blue (with only a few aquamarine)!!! So I don't know which
^^^^^^^^^^^^
one is actually mine...'

notice, btw, that it does not have the causative sense the earlier
discussions assumed it would have. also please note that i am not
making any claims that analogy had anything to do with this
utterance -- just thought it might amuse/interest you.
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