Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 19:21:06 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" 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. > Beverly Flanigan > Ohio University >