Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 03:25:04 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: More on warp speed > Using Dale's post as a starting point, I'd like to ask the question--why > are split infinitives bad things? As a journalism major in my undergrad > days, the rule was always cited (particularly by my News Editing > professor) for us students, but never explained, "Because that's the way > it is. Why do you want to know?" my understanding is that they're proscribed b/c english (prescriptive) grammar teaching was (historically) based on the premise that latin was a perfect and logical language. because you can't do it in latin (so goes the logic), you shouldn't do it in english. i think there are other prescriptive rules with the same source. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA