By Patricia T. O'Conner
During this new version of Woe Is I, Patricia T. O'Connerunties the knottiest grammar tangles and screens thesame full of life humor that has charmed andenlightened thankful readers for years. With newchapters on spelling and punctuation, and freshinsights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes ofEnglish grammar and utilization, Woe Is I deals down-to-earthexplanations and plain-English recommendations to thelanguage mysteries that bedevil all of us:
- Avoid the continual (and over and over embarrassing)grammatical mistakes that bewilder the simplest andthe brightest[*]Pronounce and spell phrases that even the smartestpeople mangle[*]Correctly use countless numbers of woefully abused wordsand phrases
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Extra info for Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (3rd Edition)
The proﬁle is the part of a scene that is obligatorily accessed, and accorded special cognitive prominence. For instance, the base for a predication like circle is the basic domain of two-dimensional space, while the proﬁle is a set of points within this domain. On the other hand, a predication like arc has as its base the two-dimentional conﬁguration designated by circle (in that the conception of an arc presupposes that of a circle), and proﬁles a segment of that conﬁguration. Langacker (1991: 436) argues that a subordinate clause is describable as one whose proﬁle is overridden by that of a main clause.
2)), but to the fact that the semantic features of complement-taking predicates necessarily involve reference to another clause. Yet, no one would claim that ‘I think’ is a subordinate clause. 4 below, other traditional subordination criteria (such as embedding) unambiguously identify ‘that she will arrive tomorrow’ as the subordinate clause, and ‘He thinks’ as the main one. Thus, this a case where dependency is in conﬂict with other subordination criteria. The cases just described show that dependency cannot be used as a distinctive criterion for subordination.
23) Alarms ringing, the burglar ﬂed, didn’t he? Once again, what is being questioned in these examples is that the burglar ﬂed, not that alarms were ringing. The relation between assertion (or autonomous proﬁle) and illocutionary force is also quite clear. By making an assertion, or designating a process, a speaker performs a particular kind of speech act, one aiming at making the addressee know or take for granted some part of the sentence. Illocutionary force is the property whereby a sentence can function as a speech act (Dik 1997a: 299–307).
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (3rd Edition) by Patricia T. O'Conner