May 30, 2005

Still unslacked

...the interest, that is, in the "still unpacked" conundrum I raised in some earlier postings, now the subject of the most recent column by the Boston Globe's always engaging Jan Freeman (there must be something in the semantics literature about what the definite is doing in NP's like that). Freeman offers some terrific examples from the Globe, the Washington Post, and The New York Times Magazine, and ultimately throws the question to her readers. (When last I checked, sentiment was running 73% in favor of declaring the construction illogical, but this is Not a Scientific Poll, as the cable news stations are always reminding us.) In the course of things she has some nice things to say about the blog in general. Well, altrettanto back at you, Jan.

Posted by Geoff Nunberg at May 30, 2005 03:27 PM