Sunday, February 21, 2010

Goldilocks' Way

GL has his own way of asking questions. For example, instead of asking, "Is this shoe on the right foot?" he points to it and asks, "Is this on the right shoe?" If it is, he points to the other foot and asks, "Is this one on the right shoe?"

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Blogger Bob Wingate said... seems he has the concept, but the challenge is in the mechanics of language. Do you think it's general confusion, or might he feel the need to invent a new way of expressing what he wants to get across?

February 25, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Papa Bear said...

Interesting. Perhaps he's not confusing "shoe" with "foot" but simply which preposition to use. Latin, for example, uses the same preposition, "in" in three different senses, corresponding to the English prepositions "in", "on" and "into", but the form of the object sometimes changes. "In" meaning in or on takes the accusative case, but "in" meaning into takes the ablative.

On the other hand, (or foot) I'm pretty sure he doesn't quite get the idea that if you have a matched pair of shoes, and have both of them on your feet, and one of them is on the proper foot, the other is also.

February 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

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