A linguistics degree can be daunting at the best of times, so there’s no doubt we all owe a sackful of gratitude to the Overly Enthusiastic Multilingual Freshman (or Woman!).* While you’re sitting there wondering how inflectional and derivational morphemes are to be distinguished, or puzzling over the suggestion that there is an intermediate X-bar level between the terminal, lexical X node and its phrasal maximal projection XP, X being constant for any given distributionally defined functional or content category (whatever that means), it can be really helpful to have the Overly Enthusiastic Multilingual Freshperson offering additional examples (or even better, counter-
So, say goodbye to those uncomfortable silences in tutorials when no one seems to know the answer and just wants to get outside and see if there’s free pizza at the student union. The Overly Enthusiastic Multilingual Freshperson will have an answer to all those questions about the accusative in Old English before you’ve understood what the question is. And say goodbye to those long hours of head-
Thank You, Overly Enthusiastic Multilingual Freshperson.
* Henceforth, Freshperson (no offence intended to non-
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