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Old 11-22-2009, 02:48 PM
Tyrrell McAllister Tyrrell McAllister is offline
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Verbs and Violence (Robert Wright & Steven Pinker)

I’d like to explore the threw/carry example a bit further and ask if this could be more a grammatical phenomenon than something in which our 'basic ways of carving up reality' plays a part. I’m sure Pinker researched this before he said it, but my question would be aren’t word usages changing all the time?
I haven't read The Stuff of Thought, but from Pinker's talks I gather that his examples hold across a wide variety of languages.
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