Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 18:39:14 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: syntactic blends At 04:05 PM 1/25/98 +0000, you (Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] wrote: >I suspect what she [Lewinsky] said was, "... that's the ... >[unable to think of the right word, changes gears] [that's] how you got >along." > A listen to the tape would maybe clarify the correctness of this hypothesis (i.e., there'd be a pause and a new start). Certainly, people talk a lot more messily than we are used to seeing in writing, and transcripts of press conferences etc. often clean up all the umming, and the backing and filling. The fancy term for changing your syntax in midstream in a sentence is anacoluthon or anacoluthia. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]