From the Archives!—SpecGram Water Purification Tablets—The SpecGram Archive Elves™ SpecGram Vol CLXVI, No 1 Contents On the Suicidal Licentiousness of Nouns and the Totalitarian Designs of Pro-Forms—Adam Graham
Renascent Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know
(because they aren’t actually true)

gathered at great personal risk of
psycholinguistic harm from actual student papers

by Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

This 26th collection of students’ pearls of wisdom, laboriously digitised from hand-written papers, demonstrates once again how students new to the study of language speculate about grammar after having imperfectly absorbed what their teachers think they have taught them.

Test question

Propose a single rule that accounts for the phrase structure of all the verb phrases in the sentences below:

The doorbell rang.
The doorbell sounded funny.
The doorbell made a funny sound.

Answers

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From the Archives!SpecGram Water Purification TabletsThe SpecGram Archive Elves™
On the Suicidal Licentiousness of Nouns and the Totalitarian Designs of Pro-FormsAdam Graham
SpecGram Vol CLXVI, No 1 Contents