Na Kladne +chat
- Hi Kostas,
>Do you remember when I quoted couple of months ago that PhD linguist (MITprofessor) saying that grammar is just a set of plain dump rules.
Yes indeed Kostas:
>In the Language International, vol 10.6 (1998), p. 23, Steven Pinker (PhDPsychology from Harvard, teaching at MIT since 1982) says:
"Many prescriptive rules of grammar are just plain dumb and should be
deleted from the usage handbooks"
At the time, we were discussing some of the fine semantic differences
between "It always
rains in Manchester' and 'It is always raining in Manchester', not with the
aim of establishing
any 'correct' form but simply to identify the various shades of meaning
every grammar book had its own particular take on this point. I couldn't
really see the
relevance of your observation in this context but I couldn't be bothered to
ask at the time.
When we are discussing the difference between 'v Kladne' and 'na Kladne', (a
not a grammatical one BTW:)) I would again try to take it in the same
descriptive and not
prescriptive spirit (perhaps it was wrong of me to use the word 'spravny',
Tomas). I am
pointing out that popular usage is one thing and official usage is another.
I notice, for
example, that articles written by the staff at Kladno Research Library,
prefer 'v Kladne' but I
am sure the same people would use 'na Kladne' at home. The rights and wrongs
stylistic differences both in Czech and English are something we could
complain about for a
long long time but I just think that as translators we have to be aware of
For example, I personally would never hesitate to use a fused participle in
you mind me opening the window?') but I still have to be aware in my
translation work that
some people consider this to be not quite au fait.
>sedim a ctu si digesty, ktery se mi nashromazdily za celou tu dobu, kdyjsem byl na
Rad Te vidim zpatky doma a doufam, ze jsi si pekne uzil :)
> Gratukuji k velmi plodnym debatam! Dovolena byla skvela,ale styskalo se mi po Czechlistu a vasem povidani.
No je to jako mydlova opera, ze jo? Ale pozor, muze to byt nebezpecny navyk!
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