What was that counterpart of (9.57) d. again?!?!?
(9.57) a. # John is knowing French. b. John is being silly. c. John is just being John. d. John's being an asshole.
Contrast (9.57 b–d) with their non-progressive counterparts John is silly, John is John, John is French and it becomes obvious that the progressive form of be produces a coercion.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
The kind of proofreading error you don't want to make
The following passage appears on page 262 of Lexical Meaning in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2011) by Nicholas Asher, who cannot have meant to say what he said...