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23/5 Exquisite Corpse

I don't usually participate in the blogmemes that buffet us, mainly because I'm boring and I know the results will be boring. In the case of the 23/5 one, the real problem is that my books are arranged in order. All the interesting kids have scattered piles of Henderson Crossthwaite's Intermediate Tensor Algebra for Anabaptists, J. Peasmold de Launcey's Mancunian Philatelists and Transvestism, Josepovic and Andric's Marginalia to Fourteenth-Century Bosnian Traffic Edicts, and Singhiz Bannerjee's The Pavilion of the Enchanted Civets within easy reach.

Me, if I try to do Exquisite Corpse honestly and arrange the fifth sentence on page 23 of the nearest half dozen books into an intriguing story... well let's see.

We chose the latter option, preserving the widely accepted view (and the minimalist view) that there is a strong continuity between what is going on in the language learner and what ends up in the mind of the adult speaker. One such language is Russian, exemplified in (11). However, I will not pursue the matter here, my purpose being merely to indicate some of the lines of inquiry that have been pursued in recent years. PF seems to be the natural locus of conditions on lexicalization and overtness, whereas it is implausible that the syntax contains conditions sensitive to such notions. Hence there is not necessarily a one-to-one match between syntactic arguments and conceptual structures arguments. As for himself/him, Pavarotti said that he enjoyed the performance.

Now, if I didn't know I'd just composed that myself from fragments, I don't think I'd be able to tell it wasn't someone's intentional plot to drive me mad and deprive me of a degree. Hm, if I shift my tootsies over to the left like this, I suppose I'm more or less just as close to that pile over there, which looks a bit more diverse. Let's see what the Oracle saith here.

When the creature, having waddled far enough into view, is then seen having its head bashed in, cries of outrage rapidly replace the billings and cooings. The question opened onto a blank area that she gazed into, fascinated. He sits up. He was pretty strange himself, a tall thin man who walked with a stoop. Capitalist in a tiny way, Gianni lived outside the modern economic system; and some of the Caetano girls made lace and some made love, some of the boys fished and some of them hung about Pietro's garage and Giorgio's bench in the nearest port and learned a little about cars and a little about carpentry, and so they managed, not to exist, but to live. The social engineer and technologist, on the other hand, will hardly take much interest in the origin of institutions, or in the original intentions of their founders (although there is no reason why he should not recognize the fact that 'only a minority of social institutions are consciously designed, while the vast majority have just "grown", as the undesigned results of human actions').

Hm, well. It has potential. The step back from the societal detail to a sociological discursion reminds me a bit of Tolstoy, in that I want to say, 'Oh, shut up', and slap him with a wet fish.

Sources for first heartwarming novella:
Culicover and Nowak, Dynamical Grammar
Culicover, Principles and Parameters
Chomsky, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory
Neeleman and Weerman, Flexible Syntax
Culicover, Syntactic Nuts, and never a more appropriate title
Huang, Anaphora

For the second:
Bernard Levin, In These Times
Ursula Le Guin, Searoad
Keri Hulme, The Bone People
E.L. Doctorow, Loon Lake
Stella Gibbons, The Matchmaker
Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies
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