When I Grow Up...
Publication Date: January 2001
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At the end of a busy day, Sebastian the little turtle snuggles down next to his father and asks, "Do you know what I want to be when I grow up?" He then eagerly regales his doting parent with all his ideas for exciting careers. When sleep finally comes, father and son have forged a wonderful new bond based on mutual admiration and abiding love.
Laurence R. Horn is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Yale University Department of Linguistics. His publications include" A Natural History of Negation" (1989/2001) and numerous articles addressing the union (if not the intersection) of lexical semantics, negation, and neo-Gricean approaches to meaning in natural language. He is currently working on a new book," Lexical Pragmatics,"
Gregory Ward is Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University. His extensive publications in the area of pragmatics and information structure include" Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English" (with Betty Birner, 1998) and" The Semantics and Pragmatics of Preposing" (1988). He is also editor of a new series on language in the real word and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Linguistic Society of America.
In Grammy-award winning parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic's new children's book, When I Grow Up, Billy tells his teacher he wants to be a gorilla masseuse. When Yankovic himself was growing up, he wanted to be a writer for Mad magazine, he tells Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday. More at NPR.org
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