i wish i could say this to my lecturer but i think if i were to say it, i’ll not be the first person ever who says it..to my dear linguistics lecturer (i don’t want to mention his name because he might find this someday because he’s so active looking for google hits for words like bacterium, bacteria, syllabus, syllabuses, syllabi etc)..ok i’ve gone long winded..to my dear linguistics lecturer, as much as i hate myself for trying to trick you, i also hate to say this but you’re truely a genius!
i had to analyse a few languages from different parts of the world and one of the ten languages i analysed was french (naah~~i don’t speak french..pardonnez moi)..yes, there were TEN of them and trust me i was an inch close to getting insane in finishing that assignment..so in that assignment i needed to find the word ordering of each language and related it to morphological universals bla bla bla (i’ll spare the details)..i didn’t know how to describe it dramatically but after going through more than 20 books and ariticles and journals, i just couldn’t be bothered in getting the right data..as long as i had something to write in the essay and it helped me with my word counts, i’d just typed it in the word processor..i was looking for an example of a sentence (in French) that followed the SVO ordering..the sentences that i found that time just didn’t agree to that criterion because some of them didn’t have the verb, some didn’t have the subject or object and i went furious for not finding any..
so i chose one of the sentences and the sentence meant ‘your majesty will leave when the queen comes’..looking at its translation, your majesty=subject, leave=verb and queen can be the object of the sentence..i was quite convinced though i doubt my lecturer would accept it because it might not sound as SVO to him as it sounded to me..
and all my doubts were confirmed when i received my assignment this morning..the example i gave had no direct object in it and had an adverbial clause instead..for God’s sake..it’s in French! could you please excuse me for making that small error..? (T_T) haha..
moral of the stories : don’t try to cheat your linguistics lecturer..they speak more than 3 languages that’s why they’re called a linguists..owh he said this “theories are not God-given and it’s created by human so it’s WRONG!—with a strong stress” and i’m so happy to hear that.. 🙂 it’s not that they’re hard to remember, i just refuse to memorize it because it’s wrong.. :p