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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:27 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:25 pm 
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My apologies too if we seem judgmental. I know I don't enjoy it when people point out writing issues in things I write. (Just the other day, some engineer claimed I had misplaced a comma. Hah! Boy did he get his fish warm.)

I am fervently enjoying ALC, and will continue to read anything you write, unless, like Fredrik Lindström, you stop making awesome linguistics books and start making weird poetry instead. When I occasionally find something that looks like it might be a misprint, or I have some other comment, I'm happy to point it out, to maybe help make a great book even better. Of course, I'm neither a professional linguist nor a native speaker of English, so most of the time I've probably just misunderstood things.

Here's one, for example: On ALC page 119, it says
"Not all transitives are alike: the experiencer in John swerved is a lot more active than the one in The window broke. ACTIVE-STATIVE or SPLIT-S languages treat the more..."

I'm wondering, a) should that be "Not all intransitives..."? and b) does that mean that "active-stative" and "split-S" are synonyms? I had previously understood "active-stative" to be synonymous with "split intransitive".

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Zompist books feedback thread, post 24: "Editing work like this is an interesting past-time for me." past-time -> pastime.


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Whilst I too find plural "here's", and "try and", extremely irritating, the real mark of an ill-educated writer is the belief that singular "they" is something that is "starting" to be used...

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Jeremy, where are you from? I'm wondering if this is a regional thing.

I think "there's" and "here's" are on the way to becoming an existential construction unmarked for plurality. A few random examples from Googling:

"There is a new handshake and a new salute."
"If there is a Higgs field and a Higgs boson (or 4 minus 2 :) ) doesn't that mean there is a Higgs force?"
"[T]here is a problem and a solution to the problem"
"By the end of the century there is a Portuguese trading station and a mission run by Augustinian friars."
"In every crisis there's a winner and a loser."
"We'll also discover that there's some issues and limitations with patterns that can be addressed by proper knowledge of frameworks."
"Here's some tips and tricks to keep your laptop battery healthy."
"[H]ere's some pen and ink drawings he did back when we lived in West Germany"
"Here’s a map and a quick explanation of where your drone can go."
"Here's a few of those bronze statues."
"And again, there's many things I wish in retrospect I could do differently, but I was scared."


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What you're looking for when googling examples of usages is the number of hits. Again, it's not totally authoritative, but it does give an indication. To see that it does work, google something horribly incorrect.


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PCK, page 44: the diagram which (I presume) shows the difference between a sidereal and a solar day is cut off at the bottom of the page. Perhaps post the full image on the PCK resources page as an errata?


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I think Sal intended the emphasis to be on 'starting'.


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I found what I think are a couple of typos in ALC over the past few weeks. Page numbers are from the Kindle edition:
p26: "can't think of the moment" appears to be missing "at"
p78: "favor" should probably be "flavor"


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That's a good idea! I will look into the pricing.


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I just read through this thread again, making corrections. It's amazing to me that I can read the same text multiple times and just not see some of these things. I don't know how proofreaders train their brains to find everything.


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(Edited): Yes, this has occurred to me. I've had people read all my books before publication. As you'll see in the preface to about every academic book ever, the author remains responsible for any errors.

(If by "employ" you meant paying proofreaders, I don't have any money for that.)


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naw I was just curious, I didn't mean to imply anything about hiring anyone

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I got Advanced Language Construction. Is the font Linux Libertine? I have had it on a Windows computer before.

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Re: The recent blog post

I hereby lobby for a Quechua grammar, and would be interested to know how near we are to seeing Hanying, if you have a forecast on that.


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