Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Contractions Are Weird

Tom Scott is going off on the peculiarities of the English language again. We use a lot of contractions, but there are a lot of other possible contractions that we could use, but we don't because they are weird. Oh sure, there is a logical explanation, which is what this video is all about.

The example he leads with is "Is this introduction weird? Yes, it's." Then he goes on to explain why that's weird. There are linguistic reasons we don't have words like "there'dn't've" (there would not have) but we do have words like "gonna" (going to). Tom explains them as clitics with syntactic gaps and stress patterns. Try to keep up, this is complicated.    

1 comment:

xoxoxoBruce said...

So that's a clitic I heard her talking about me missing.