Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 09:18:46 +0900 From: Daniel Long Subject: Re: good travel I agree completely with what Ron and Lynne have said. Remember phrases like "Have a good one" which must have sounded strange at first but has become accepted as a set expression. Danny Long Ron Butters wrote: > Lynne writes: > > >i don't believe any native speaker of > >american english would say this > .["Have a good travel!"] > >she probably said "have a good trip" > >or "have a good vacation" or > >something like that, since "travel" > >is not a count noun. i would > >interpret "good" here as meaning > >"pleasant", but sometimes "pleasant" > >means "long", when you're talking > >about traveling. > > I agree that a native speaker would recognize this as a deviant utterance. At > the same time, this sort of extension of popular phrases (cf. "Have a > nice/good day!" "Have a good/nice trip!" etc.)" is commonplace. Speakers > commonly create deviant expressions in an attempt to be colorful and clever. > In other words, a speaker might have said this, but in doing so he or she > would have assumed tht both the speaker and the hearer were aware that it was > a nonce extension. -- Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297 Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302 Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577