Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 11:38:59 -0500
From: "H Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University,
SUNY)" sstraigh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BINGSUNS.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Perspective on/of
Okay, I'll chime in. The following sentence reveals to me that on and of
are not simply US vs UK allomorphs of a single morpheme.
They adopt the perspective of Martian scientists on issues of linguistic
It appears that for me "perspective of X" means "perspective taken by X"
while "perspective on X" means "perspective taken about X". I'd be
interested to know how a Brit would phrase the above.
H Stephen STRAIGHT Binghamton University (SUNY)
Anthropology & Linguistics LxC Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902-6000
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sstraigh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bingsuns.cc.binghamton.edu ["sstraigh", not "sstraight"!]