Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Shaman's Elements of Style: Parts of Speech
Chris Piuma over at Buggeryville asked for a ranking of readers' favourite parts of speech. Geof Huth and Professor Oddfellow have weighed in on the matter, and so here are a few thoughts of mine.
The Quantum grammar, the General and Specific Theory of Semantics, and the Shaman's Elements of Style. Space and time are a continuum, so too must noun and verb, energy and matter. What happens to words in an idiolect collider, when speech is accelerated too close to the speed of light, or comes into the presence of the vast gravitational pull of ideology? Bury a language in wet soil for a thousand years, then bake. A unified theory of grammar understands that there are no cell walls, that grammar has an auto-immune system that seems to mistrust the visitations of the future, yet secretly harbours converso and cryptogrammars, parts of speech which dare not speak their names.
Here, then, is my list of my favourite parts of speech, listed by Periodic Table of the Alphabet order:
6. Conicle (infinite and finite)