Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 13:03:40 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Perspective on/of
I don't think so Steve. The crucial 'of' is not the one you provide but the
one which could follow 'scientists' in your example.
They adopt the perspective of Martian scientists of issues of linguistic
Your first 'of' should be admissible for any post-modifier and has no
influence on the subsequent use of the 'required' preposition.
You would agree, I suspect, that 'interest in' is a usual collocation. The
use of 'of' in such a string as
The interest of Martian linguists in Earth languages is not surprising
has nothing to do with subsequent occurrence of 'in,' in the same way, I
think, the 'of' you cite is not crucial to the 'of/'on' discussion going on
here. (That is, I think the British usage question is still open.)
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu
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.
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