Date: Sat, 23 Sep 1995 13:43:45 -0400 From: "H Stephen STRAIGHT (Binghamton University, SUNY)" Subject: Re: acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please On Sat, 23 Sep 1995, Donald M. Lance wrote: > speakeris tooling along in the sentence and gets to "each" and says > "other" somewhat automatically. Then it's too much trouble to back up ... > jump on: One uses 'better' in comparisons of two, 'best' is appropriate > only when there are at least three persons to compare. Until Donald M. Lance's posting came through it hadn't occurred to me that, regardless of grammaticality or acceptability judgments, anyone would think that "Kim and Dale think that each other is the best" meant anything other than that Kim thinks Dale is the best and Dale thinks Kim is the best. Donald, however, appears to believe that, rather than describing a Kim and Dale Mutual Admiration Society, the utterance might be a mangled way of expressing the belief that Kim thinks she is better than Dale and Dale thinks that she is better than Kim! Is this what you meant to say, Donald? If so, I strongly doubt that anyone would ever come out with that sentence on the basis of that propositional intention. Do we have any data on instances of "each other" and "best" that would support Donald's interpretation? Best. 'Bye. Steve signature =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= H Stephen STRAIGHT LxC Binghamton University (SUNY) Assoc Prof, Anthro and Ling Box 6000, Binghamton NY 13902-6000 Dir, Langs Across the Curriculum Tel: 607-777-2824 Fax: 607-777-2889 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=