[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Uncancellable meaning and Hebrew verbs
J.Read-2 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Sat Jul 4 11:08:08 EDT 2009
I don't know which variant dialect of English you are using but the
following sentence doesn't make much sense to me (other than comic
Quoting David Kummerow <farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com>:
> Hi James,
> I've thought about this a little more and even the fastest action
> possible for a given animal may sometimes be acceptably referred to with
> "plod". Eg:
> (1) The horse was plodding at a gallop.
> In this example, the horse will be moving at maximum speed. "Plodding"
> refers to the sound of the movement, not the speed of the movement.
> David Kummerow.
>> Hi James,
>>> Hi David,
>>> I believe this has already been demonstrated to you. It's all a case
>>> of relativity. If we say somebody runs quickly we expect their run
>>> pace to be above average run pace. When we imagine somebody plodding
>>> quickly we expect the plod pace to be quicker than average but still
>>> somewhat slower than average walking pace. Your use of the word
>>> 'quickly' does not mean that the person was moving quickly. It just
>>> means that their plod pace was quicker than average.
>> James, I've already told you that the use in Australian English has no
>> contextual relativity implied. Sure, "plod" has been chosen because the
>> meaning of the word is suitable to designate "walking" vis-a-vis
>> "running". But the use I'm referring to can also be used of running.
>> Probably not sprinting, but running would be acceptable. The use has to
>> with heaviness or sound, not slowness. And like I already stated, it is
>> quite difficult to see how "slow" is the pure uncancellable semantics of
>> the word in any case -- as if "plod" means "slow". It does not. It means
>> "laborious walking" or "doing action indicated by adjunct phrase slowly"
>> or "heavy walking".
>> David Kummerow.
> b-hebrew mailing list
> b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
More information about the b-hebrew