Re: semantics vs. pragmatics

From: Mari Broman Olsen (
Date: Wed Mar 18 1998 - 09:23:10 EST

Carl Conrad helpfully provides:
> "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it
> means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
> "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many
> different things."
> "The question is," said, Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all!"
> Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty
> Dumpty began again. "They've a temper, some of them -- particularly verbs:
> they're the proudest - adjectives you can do anything with, but verbs - ;
> however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what
> I say!"
> Lewis Caroll, Through the Looking Glass
> Is that the passage you're thinking of, Clay?

It certainly was the one I was thinking of ;-)


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