Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 17:22:03 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: Language and Logic The recent discussion about language being logical has centered on the double negatives, but there is much additional material that is relevant here. Just a few examples: 1. English has the odd construction "many a," e.g. "Many a student will flunk physics." Is this not illogical? (plural + "a") 2. Another odd construction: "time and again." If language is always logical, how does one link "time" (a noun) with "again" (an adverb)? What about about "time and time again? 3. Why is "He took sick" permissible but not "He took ill"? 4. If it is logical to put the direct object in the accusative case in German, why does German have about 50 verbs that take a direct object in the dative? E.g. Er sieht mich (He sees me; accusative case) but Er hilft mir (He helps me; dative case). --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]