Re: Can a grammar checker do this

Subject: Re: Can a grammar checker do this
From: greg -dot- hamill -at- teradyne -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 09:56:32 -0500

Dick is absolutely correct about children producing grammatical utterances.

From: "Dick Margulis "

"David Downing" wrote:

Turns out this isn't a
>reliable measure of grammatical correctness**, but maybe you could use a
>variation of it to at least show you strings of two or three words that
>occur very rarely, and are thus suspect.

Actually you may be misremembering the whole thing (at least I hope you
are). One of Chomsky's early observations was that any child can produce a
huge number of grammatical utterances in his or her native language that
have never been spoken before.

The most obvious one is "I want some." "Me, too." This hit me between the
eyes one day when my niece said "I, too." We're back to the issue of
incorrect grammar gaining acceptance by threading its way into mainstream


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