Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 19:21:06 -0600
From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: Posts from non-professionals
I like the idea that you need to pay your dues if you want the list.
On Mon, 8 Dec 1997, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
I part company with Bethany to some degree; I'd like to encourage
serious students to join the list (three or four of my own are on it),
as long as they do the basic library dig first before asking questions,
and as long as their comments are relevant and non-flaming. Steve
Nolden, for example, should not be urged off the list; his comments on
Black English were honestly motivated and relevant to the (sadly)
recurring debate here about accurate and non-stereotyped
representations of that dialect (if a bit too passionately expressed).
He at least knows that invariant "be" is not applied willy-nilly but is
rule-governed, and that Black English does indeed mark tense.
As one who has of late been flamed by some of the most uninformed and
non-researching participants on the list, I heartily second Tom Clark's
suggestions for changing the list. About a year ago Dennis Preston
suggested closing the list to dues-paying members of ADS only and was
shot down for being "elitist." Perhaps two lists would be a reasonable
compromise, with people welcome to join the moderated list if they
(like Greg) are serious about learning from each other instead of
simply putting out monologues.