linguists-are-no-damn-good paper finally published

Subject: linguists-are-no-damn-good paper finally published
From: Mark Halpern <mhalpern -at- SCOPUS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 13:31:12 -0800


A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I announced to you that a
paper I'd written on linguists and their relation to correct usage was
to be published in the Atlantic Monthly. Probably few are still alive
to remember that announcement, and those few probably think I must have
been hallucinating -- and from time to time I'd have agreed with them.
But the process has ground on, and finally spit the paper out: it will
appear in the March issue, on the stands around the 25th of this month.

Of course what has been published is a radically abbreviated and
somewhat bowdlerized version of what I wrote, so my pleasure is
qualified, but I'm hoping that it's interesting or challenging enough as
it stands to get people to request the full-strength version from me,
which I'll be happy to send them. The Atlantic posts the entire
editorial contents of each issue, a couple of weeks after it hits the
stands, to their Web site, and invites readers to engage in a dialogue
with the authors; see you on the Web, I hope!


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