The more the diagram is forced to wander around the page, loop back on itself, and generally stretch its capabilities, the more it reveals that the mind that created the sentence is either a richly educated one—with a Proustian grasp of language that pushes the limits of expression—or such an impoverished one that it can produce only hot air, baloney, and twaddle.Whoa. I know a lot of syntax folks, but never heard one talk like that before.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Haven't even kept up on news today (but thank you, Ben Zimmer), let alone been able to blog about it. I'll catch up soon, but note this. It's about diagramming Sarah Palin's sentences (see image). Check out this morsel: