Mortal Syntax

PENGUIN BOOKS Mortal Syntax June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly column, “A Word, Please,” appears in several community news supplements to the Los Angeles Times and in papers in Texas and Florida.

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101221280

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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The only fun, friendly, and surefire defense against the grammar snobs Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, now in its fifth printing, June Casagrande returns with Mortal Syntax, taking on the 101 most frequently attacked usage choices. Dedicating one short chapter to each, Casagrande brings her subject to life, teaching English usage through lively and amusing personal anecdotes. Mortal Syntax includes such chapters as: ? "I wish I was taller" ? "I am continuously watching Simpsons reruns" ? "Was it Horton that heard the Who?" Casagrande's clear and concise lessons-with entertaining titles and themes-make a potentially prickly subject go down like a spoonful of sugar.

The Joy of Syntax

She's also the author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies; Mortal Syntax; It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences; and The Best Punctuation Book, Period. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Ted, ...

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399581076

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Language columnist June Casagrande presents a fun and breezy guide to everything a grown-up interested in grammar needs to know. When it comes to grammar, it seems like everyone—even die-hard word nerds—feel they "missed something" in school. The Joy of Syntax picks up where sixth grade left off, providing a fresh foundation in English syntax served up by someone with an impressive record of making this otherwise inaccessible subject a true joy. With simple, pithy information on everything from basic parts of speech and sentence structure to usage and grammar pitfalls, this guide provides everything you need to approach grammar with confidence.

Mortal Syntax

The only fun, friendly, and surefire defense against the grammar snobs Having already made a name for herself with Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, now in its fifth printing, June Casagrande returns with Mortal Syntax, taking on the 101 ...

Author: June Casagrande


ISBN: 0143113321

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

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Having already made a name for herself with "Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies," Casagrande takes on the 101 most frequently attacked usage choices.

Expert Systems in Engineering Applications

ified manner, which is described later in this section, to the syntax specified by 'codes.exp' grammar. ... argument: All men are mortal Socrates is a man Therefore, Socrates is mortal. in codes.exp syntax: BLOCK men are mortal IS true ...

Author: Spyros Tzafestas

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642840487

Category: Computers

Page: 383

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Expert system technology is receiving increasing popularity and acceptance in the engineering community. This is due to the fact that there actually exists a close match between the capabilities of the current generation expert systems and the requirements of engineering practice. Prepared by a distinguished team of experts, this book provides a balanced state-of-the-art presentation of the design principles of engineering expert systems, and a representative picture of their capabilities to assist efficiently the design, diagnosis and operation of complex industrial plants. Among the application areas covered are the following: hardware synthesis, industrial plant layout design, fault diagnosis, process control, image analysis, computer communication, electric power systems, intelligent control, robotics, and manufacturing systems. The book is appropriate for the researcher and the professional. The researcher can save considerable time in searching the scattered technical information on engineering expert systems. The professional can have readily available a rich set of guidelines and techniques that are applicable to a wide class of engineering domains.

Doctor Syntax s Three Tours

And lights up in the mortal frame To struggle with the woes of life , Disease's slow corroding flame . ... And yet how oft her kindness proves , By pain and toil the child she loves , Here Syntax thought it fit to Honour , of noble ...

Author: William Combe


ISBN: PSU:000006247416

Category: English poetry

Page: 354

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Doctor Syntax s three tours in search of the picturesque consolation and a wife With the life of the author by J C Hotten 80 illustr by T Rowlandson

And lights up in the mortal frame To struggle with the woes of life , Disease's slow corroding flame . ... And yet how oft her kindness proves , By pain and toil the child she loves , Here Syntax thought it fit to Honour , of noble ...

Author: William Combe


ISBN: OXFORD:590251035



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Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics

N/λx[mortal(x)] → mortal ... Syntax IP/φ(ψ) → NP/φ, I/ψ I/φ → is a N/φ I/¬φ → is not a N/φ Formal lexicon Det/λpλq[∃x(p(x) ∧ q(x))] → some Det/λpλq[∀x(p(x) → q(x))] → every Det/λpλq[∀x(p(x) → ¬q(x))] → no NP/φ → PropN/φ ...

Author: Philippe Blache

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783540319535

Category: Computers

Page: 366

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Edited in collaboration with FoLLI, the Association of Logic, Language and Information, this book inaugurates the new FoLLI LNAI subline. It constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics, LACL 2005, held in Bordeaux, France in April 2005. The 25 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from over 40 submissions. The papers address a wide range of logical and formal methods in computational linguistics with studies of particular grammar formalisms and their computational properties, language engineering, and traditional topics about the syntax/semantics interface.

Informal Logical Fallacies

The most famous example is: Premise 1: All humans are mortal. Premise 2: Socrates is a human. Conclusion: Socrates is mortal. Syntax: The rules and characteristics of sentence structure, See semantics. Truth: In logic, a belief, ...

Author: Jacob E. Van Vleet

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761854340

Category: Philosophy

Page: 82

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This is a systematic and concise introduction to more than forty fallacies, from anthropomorphism and argumentum ad baculum, to reductionism and the slippery slope argument. With helpful definitions, relevant examples, and thought-provoking exercises, the author guides the reader through the realms of fallacious reasoning and deceptive rhetoric.

The Accidents of Style

... should have been mindful of this nonstandard colloquialism: “To be safe we need to go back at least a couple generations” (Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food); “Well, they do give a couple examples” (June Casagrande, Mortal Syntax).

Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429912808

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Fasten your seat belt for a crash course in careful usage.... Just like automobile accidents, accidents of style occur all over the English-speaking world, in print and on the Internet, thousands of times every day. They range from minor fender benders, such as confusing their and there, to serious smashups, such as misusing sensual for sensuous or writing loathe when you mean loath. Charles Harrington Elster shows you how to navigate the hairpin turns of grammar, diction, spelling, and punctuation with an entertaining driver's manual covering 350 common word hazards and infractions, arranged in order of complexity for writers of all levels. Elster illustrates these surprisingly common accidents with quotations from numerous print and online publications, many of them highly regarded---which perhaps should make us feel better: If the horrendous redundancy close proximity and the odious construction what it is, is have appeared in The New York Times, maybe our own accidents will be forgiven. But that shouldn't keep us from aspiring to accident-free writing and speaking. If you want to get on the road to writing well, The Accidents of Style will help you drive home what you want to say.

Norms and Conventions in the History of English

(3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Casagrande, June. (2008). Mortal Syntax. New York: Penguin. Chapman, Don. (2017). Stalwarts, SNOOTS, and Some Readers: How 'Traditional Rules' are Traditional.

Author: Birte Bös

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027262462

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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This volume explores changing norms and conventions in the English language, as displayed in a broad range of historical data from more than five centuries. The contributions discuss the interplay of sociocultural conditions, specific discourse traditions and structural aspects of language, paying special attention to the communities where norms and conventions are displayed and shaped in verbal interaction. The volume is enriched by systematic terminological clarifications, interdisciplinary approaches and the introduction of new methods like network analysis and advanced analytical tools and forms of visualisation into the diachronic investigation of historical texts.

Garner s Modern English Usage

Mortal Syntax. N.Y.: Penguin. Collins, Tim. Correct Your English Errors: Avoid 99% of the Common Mistakes Made by Learners of English. N.Y.: McGraw-Hill. Fogarty, Mignon. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190491482

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1056

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Bryan Garner is the most trusted living usage expert of our day, and Garner's Modern English Usage is the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. With well over 6,000 entries on English grammar, syntax, word choice, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and style, thisbook is adored by professional writers and general readers alike. In this major update to a timeless classic, Bryan Garner has dramatically expanded coverage of international English usage, making the volume for the first time a guide not only to American English usage, but to English usage aroundthe globe.Interest in the English language is greater than ever; English is the lingua franca not only of higher education and academia, but of science, business, computing, aviation, and even - arguably - entertainment. An awareness of global English matters today as never before. To ensure that BryanGarner's clear, unambiguous advice resonates with English-speakers worldwide, more than 2,000 entries have been revised to account for the nuances of English not only in the United States, but in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa.Not everything has changed: readers will still find the popular "Garner's Language-Change Index" which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from non-acceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistentstandard throughout. Bryan Garner's tools for scientific accuracy are, however, fully updated: this fourth edition benefits from usage data generated by Google Ngrams, which charts frequencies of any word or short sentence in sources printed after 1800.With thousands of concise entries, longer essays on problematic areas such as subject-verb agreement and danglers, and meticulous citations of the New York Times, Newsweek, and other leading journalistic sources, this fourth edition of Garner's Modern English Usage provides priceless referenceinformation to anyone hoping to improve as a writer - worldwide.


... the divine silence by speaking both creation and Scripture into being, but, more radically still, God spoke Himself into the body of our speech and into our mortal syntax: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John i.1).

Author: Peter S. Hawkins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498284318

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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The essays in this volume explore the persistent struggle of language to overcome its own limitations. Given their scope--from Dante's confrontation with the divine All to Samuel Beckett's obsessive need to speak in the face of Nothing--they expand our notion of the extent to which all speech is an assault on silence, an attempt to articulate what lies beyond the grasp of words. The collection offers the reader, in roughly chronological order, diverse conceptions of the ineffable as either superfluity or absence of reality. It also exposes language in the act of extending its own boundaries, drawing attention to those literary tactics by which speech attempts to suggest what cannot be said. While largely a study of poetry, from medieval to modern, the volume also touches upon drama and a variety of prose, combining close textual readings with broader thematic discussions.

Death and Drama in Renaissance England

... sounding forced or foolish , and then fit ourselves into the pattern of his homily , we are implicated in its theme and become part of a symbolic - indeed , a mortal - syntax : we move from high to low , and fall through the case .

Author: William E. Engel

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199257620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Table of contents

Ain thology

Mortal syntax: 101 language choices that will get you clobbered by the grammar snobs—even if you're right. New York, NY: Penguin. Denham, Kristin, & Lobeck, Anne. (2010) Linguistics for everyone: An introduction. (2nd ed.).

Author: Patricia Donaher

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443878722

Category: Abbreviations, English

Page: 376

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The word ain't is used by speakers of all dialects and sociolects of English. Nonetheless, language critics view ain't as marking speakers as ""lazy"" or ""stupid""; and the educated assume ain't is on its deathbed, used only in clichés. Everyone has an opinion about ain't. Even the grammar-checker in Microsoft Word flags every ain't with a red underscore. But why? Over the past 100 years, only a few articles and sections of books have reviewed the history of ain't or discussed it in dialect cont ...

It Was the Best of Sentences It Was the Worst of Sentences

The author of Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies and Mortal Syntax, June has studied improvisational comedy with renowned troupes the Groundlings and ComedySportz. She also teaches copyediting. June lives in Pasadena, California, ...

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9781580083782

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin. With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you.

For Who the Bell Tolls

... to modern technology you can read this blog (almost) anywhere. Its title is from a line spoken by the Queen in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: “Sentence first – verdict afterwards.”' 11 Mortal Syntax, June Casagrande (Penguin, ...

Author: David Marsh

Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing

ISBN: 9781783350131

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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For Who the Bell Tolls is a book that explains the grammar that people really need to know, such as the fact that an apostrophe is the difference between a company that knows its s*** and a company that knows it's s***, or the importance of capital letters to avoid ambiguity in such sentences as 'I helped my Uncle Jack off his horse.' David Marsh's lifelong mission has been to create order out of chaos. For four decades, he has worked for newspapers, from the Sun to the Financial Times, from local weeklies that sold a few thousand copies to the Guardian, with its global readership of nine million, turning the sow's ear of rough-and-ready reportage into a passable imitation of a silk purse. The chaos might be sloppy syntax, a disregard for grammar or a fundamental misunderstanding of what grammar is. It could be an adherence to 'rules' that have no real basis and get in the way of fluent, unambiguous communication at the expense of ones that are actually useful. Clear, honest use of English has many enemies: politicians, business and marketing people, local authority and civil service jargonauts, rail companies, estate agents, academics . . . and some journalists. This is the book to help defeat them. 'A splendid and, more importantly, sane book on English grammar.' Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon

The Architects Guide to Writing

Casagrande, June,Mortal Syntax, Penguin Books, 2008. Casagrande, June, It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences, Ten Speed Press, 2010. The Chicago Manual ofStyle, 16th Edition, The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Author: Bill Schmalz

Publisher: Images Publishing

ISBN: 9781864705720

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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There are a lot of good books available to help people write better. They include dictionaries, usage guides, and various types of writers’ manuals – and professional writers ought to have many of those books on their bookshelves. But most architects and other design and construction professionals are not professional writers. Instead, they are people who spend a large part of their professional lives writing. That’s a big difference, and that’s where this book will help. The Architect’s Guide to Writing has been written not by an English major, but by Bill Schmalz, an architect who knows the kinds of documents his fellow professionals routinely have to write, and understands the kinds of technical mistakes they often make in their writing. This book is designed to meet the specific needs of design and construction professionals. It’s not going to waste their time with the things that most educated professionals know, but it will help them with the things they don’t know or are unsure of. It’s not a Chicago Manual-sized encyclopaedic reference that includes everything any writer would ever need to know, because architects don’t need to know everything. But what they do need to know – and what they use every day in their professional lives – has been assembled in this book.

Elements of English Grammar for the Use of Ladies Schools

SYNTAX . § 140. The rules of Syntax apply to the arrangement , or putting together of words . ... To explain the structure of such a sentence as , the men are mortal , is a part of Syntax : hence , to say mans instead of men would be to ...

Author: Robert Gordon Latham


ISBN: OXFORD:590583971


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Ludwig Wittgenstein

Incapable of proof because the method of syntax which generated it is not configured for the doubt that a proof would address. The famous 'All men are mortal' of the ancient syllogism is not an item of term logic that we have since been ...

Author: Miles Hollingworth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190874018

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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After his intellectual biography, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Miles Hollingworth now turns his attention to one of Augustine's greatest modern admirers: The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein's influence on post-war philosophical investigation has been pervasive, while his eccentric life has entered folklore. Yet his religious mysticism has remained elusive and undisturbed. In Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hollingworth continues to pioneer a new kind of biographical writing. It stands at the intersection of philosophy, theology and literary criticism, and is as much concerned with the secret agendas of life writing as it is with its Subjects. Here, Wittgenstein is allowed to become the ultimate test case. From first to last, his philosophy sought to demonstrate that intellectual certainty is a function of the method it employs, rather than a knowledge of the existence or non-existence of its objects--a devastating insight that appears to make the natural and the supernatural into equally useless examples of each other. This biography proceeds in the same way. Scattered in every direction by this challenge to meaning, it attempts to retrieve itself around the spirit of the man who could say such things. This act of recovery thus performs what could not otherwise be explained, which is something like Wittgenstein's private conversation with God.

Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

The second statement corresponds to the fact: 'Socrates is a man'. Note that 'socrates' is constant (literal), and X is a variable. The above rule and fact can be written in Prolog language syntax as, mortal(X) :- man(X). man(socrates).

Author: K.R. Chowdhary

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9788132239727

Category: Applied mathematics

Page: 716

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Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence introduces the foundations of present day AI and provides coverage to recent developments in AI such as Constraint Satisfaction Problems, Adversarial Search and Game Theory, Statistical Learning Theory, Automated Planning, Intelligent Agents, Information Retrieval, Natural Language & Speech Processing, and Machine Vision. The book features a wealth of examples and illustrations, and practical approaches along with the theoretical concepts. It covers all major areas of AI in the domain of recent developments. The book is intended primarily for students who major in computer science at undergraduate and graduate level but will also be of interest as a foundation to researchers in the area of AI.