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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 12:00 AM
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Grammar Expert attempts to diagram a Palin word salad sentence
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http://www.polysyllabic.com/?q=node/224


"I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed
with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20,
that will be our top priority is to defend the American people. " Palin






Lengthy discussion at link. Blurb:
..."The end of the sentence also appears hopelessly ungrammatical: "that will be our top priority is to defend the American people." Although you could fix the sentence by deleting is and treating to defend the American people as a trailing modifier, I think that solution is too charitable. It's not plausible in terms of on-the-fly processing, since the sentence is structurally complete after "our top priority." In other words, is cannot be explained as an initial, discarded attempt. Rather, it is tacked on later and so Palin is guilty of a structure shift in which she loses track of the earlier part of the sentence. Our top priority starts as the complement of be but then morphs into the subject of is. I don't consider this to be the same as a false start. In a false start, the aberrant unit simply has no place in the larger structure. In this case, the strange unit needs to work in two different places."








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