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You wouldn't believe the kind of hate mail I get about my work on irregular verbs.
I spent 20 years doing research on regular and irregular verbs, not because I'm an obsessive language lover but because it seemed to me that they tapped into a fundamental distinction in language processing, indeed in cognitive processing, between memory lookup and rule-driven computation.
When I encountered rich people for the first time, I discovered that not only do they holiday in places that are hard to find on a map, but that they also use the names of seasons as verbs. When they asked me, 'Where did you summer and winter growing up?' I would usually say, 'As a child? The same place I springed and autumned.'
Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers. I, for one, don't want to be left behind.
Daniel H. Wilson
I am an artist and have no right buggering about with verbs and split infinitives, which is what being a writer says to me.
Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
I think we live in a unique time - the verbs that make up our online and mobile lives haven't been completely invented or imagined for us. That was kind of a life path I was on.
The top 10 verbs in the English language are all irregular, even though irregular verbs make up only 3 per cent of the language.
Erez Lieberman Aiden
Most metaphysical words in Hopi are verbs, not nouns as in European languages.
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