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A Few Words about the Aphorism Factory
A Few Words about the Aphorism Factory

Author(s): Zsolt Farkas
Subject(s): Applied Linguistics, Syntax, Pragmatics, Philology
Published by: Budapesti Könyvszemle Alapítvány

Summary/Abstract: It all started in a Schwäbisch Hall bookstore in the autumn of 1986. As I dawdled, drooling, and fondled the amazing selection, a quotation on the back of a book by someone called Hermann Lang caught my eye: “Das Unbewußte ist die Rede des Anderen”: “The unconscious is the discourse of the other”. Work is proceeding on the 2.0 version of the Aphorism Factory: it will allow the user to choose from a wide range of dictionaries and grammatical structures. (There are some fascinating possibilities. For instance, “Even an x is only a y ” or “You’ll never make an x of a y ”. And there are structures like: “An x is like a y: it’s a and 6, where a and b are adjectives. There are some marvelous adjectives. Or a format like “X is z;-ing y ’, where v is a third person singular, transitive verb: e.g., destroy, violate, deconstruct, and snicker at, etc.

  • Issue Year: 4/1994
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 189-190
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: English