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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 - 7:14 a.m.

It got chilly last night and it seems that it will stick. Fall, for real this time. I still haven't mowed the grass for the last time this year.

I'm supposed to be reading my article for this morning's reading group now. I'm always behind; I feel bad. In it, this one famous linguist writes: "The translational equivalents of all Warlpiri conative verbs mentioned by [blah blah blah], of all Tongan middle verbs listed by [blah blah] take partitive objects in Finnish."

Dude, are you KIDDING? Dude. Seriously.

I was directed recently to this volume on linguistic evidence; it mainly revolved around the UG issue. Someone needs to talk seriously about 'evidence' like this stuff above. I'm not buying it, but clearly there are some who do. Why? (Hint: they aren't field linguists)

My new camera is wonderful. I'm just starting to figure out how to make it go, but I've already had some success. Such detail!

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