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Monday, July 11, 2005

Things are changing...

My birthday is drawing nearer. I am turning 28 and of all the things I planned I would have done by that time, none has come true. On the other hand, many dreams I did not even know I had, have become a reality. I would go as far as saying that I am happy who I have turned out to be, grateful for the people in my life and optimistic about the future, whatever secret dreams it may hold.
Otherwise, I quit my job at the old-people home. After three years of telling people every ten minutes the same thing, I feel it is time to move on. Alzheimer is a tough disease and it came very close to kill my insanity. So, what is a Monika to do until she enters the sphere of teaching? Well, she got a job at the most known shopping mall in Reykjavík. Oh yes! I was looking for a job that does not demand much thinking and where my obsession with organizing can enjoy itself to the fullest. Someone once told me 'It is not what you do that defines you, it is how you do it.'
I can see myself there, happily organizing those shelves; making sure all the labels are turned to the front and pointing people in the right direction when they come looking for a particular brand. Oh there are memory lists to be made... Yes, I can imagine doing that for about a year.
On top of my list however, is the finishing of my final paper. Therefore I will leave you now to continue my investigations into the psyche of a Telic Clause.

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26 Comments:

At 15:01, Blogger Doug said...

Psyche of a who? Good luck with that. My ex talks all the time about quitting her job as a chemist and working in a mall. Have fun with it.

 
At 22:51, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

I'm with Doug... psyche of a who? Something linguistic, that I know... your obsession with all things linguistic however, still remains a mystery! ;-) Already at the mall, I see the cereal boxes jumping to attention at the mere mention of your name!

 
At 23:44, Blogger Tryggvi said...

Sounds like a fun clause. U tried ur best to explain it to me earlier. Thanks for the effort honey but u might as well have been speaking swahili. Not so good with the linguistics the boyfriend. Now what do u think of that sentence?

 
At 00:32, Blogger Minka said...

Since everybody is dying to know: A telic Clause looks something like this: and I am quoting Matthew Whelpton, my oh so wonderful linguistcs teacher.
Telic Clause:
"John bought his friends some champagne only to discover that they didn´t drink."
It is different form a Rationale Clause that indicates the intention of an agent."John bought his friend ssome champagne in order to show his generosity." Here John had a plan.
And it is also different from a Prupose Clause: "John bought his friends soem champagne to take to the party", which indicates the purpose of an object. While Syntactic literature has dealt a lot with Rationale and Purpose Clause, the Telic Clause has been side stepped a lot. I am here to mend that oversight.
Now wasn´t that fun?
So good to get that of my chest.

 
At 00:34, Blogger Minka said...

Anyone wanna give me an example of a Telic Clause?

 
At 04:10, Blogger Doug said...

Monika described a telic clause but her friends didn't get that Telos was greek for "end?"

 
At 04:12, Blogger Doug said...

Thanks, Google.

 
At 13:09, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, well done. My BA also focuses on the infinitive constructions within the Telic Clause.
So, your sentence would become soemthing like:
Monika described a Telic Clause only to realize that her friends didn´t get that Telos was Greek for "end".
I like that one.

 
At 13:31, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

Oh my God... have I wondered in to the wrong blog? Too much linguistics... can't read another word... make it stop! ,-)

 
At 14:47, Blogger Doug said...

Lisa complained only to learn that Americans are no more sympathetic than they seem on TV.

Sorry.

 
At 17:10, Blogger Tryggvi said...

People, people! Lets all get along please. Now, can anyone give an example of the Santa Clause?

Oh come on, someone had to...

 
At 17:14, Blogger Doug said...

Tryggvi, I wasn't sure how long I could hold out. Glad you were the first penguin in the pond.

 
At 17:21, Blogger Minka said...

Santa Clause came all the way from the North Pole only to discover
that Tryggvi had been really nasty all year.
Linguistically, a Santa Clause is always grammatically correct as long as it features, a fat guy with a white beard and an annoying laugh.

 
At 18:15, Blogger Doug said...

Two out of three ain't bad.

 
At 18:40, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

I hate to draw this to everyone's attention, but do you think this supermarket you'll be working in has any idea that it will be employing someone who knows what a telic clause is and do you think your talents might be slightly wasted on shelves? ;-) Ooh... Monika roamed the aisles, only to discover that a carton of milk was out of place!! Hey, maybe you will get to use your skills after all...

 
At 18:45, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

Oh and Doug...

Doug made assumptions about Lisa's confidence in Americans only to discover she was under no illusions at all.

;-)

 
At 19:23, Blogger Minka said...

Lisa, this is the best Telic clause yet. Becasue the infinitive is factive and teh second part of teh sentence is subsequent temporally to the first part of the sentence.
Doug will indead discover that Lisa was not disillusioned.
Yeah...I went to far, I probably killed this very amusing conversation.

 
At 19:25, Blogger Minka said...

Doug...which one of the three do you think could be an obtional modifier. The fat guy, the beard or the annoying laugh. Can you see a muscular body-builder, clean shaved and smilign politely coming down your chimney on christmas eve?!

 
At 00:12, Blogger Tryggvi said...

A body-builder all buttered up, sliding down the chimney, bearing gifts of steroids and protin-shakes. Now what is more christmassy than that? Makes u feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 
At 04:57, Blogger Doug said...

Monika, I have no beard and the stubble's still black.

Lisa, I see you've been here. Delighted I didn't disappoint.

 
At 12:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having a somehow quite time in the countryside, no, I didn´t, impossible with 10 kids, but anyhow, look what is happening to Monika's blog while I am away. Getting interesting!
Mom.

 
At 14:50, Blogger Minka said...

Doug threw on his Santa Clause outfit, only to realize that his black hair and smooth face did nothing for the general conception of a Father Christmas.

 
At 15:13, Blogger Doug said...

Chuckle. Doug wore his Santa suit only to learn that modern girls like the gorilla one.

 
At 18:09, Blogger Doug said...

I'm ready to learn some more grammar,

 
At 23:24, Anonymous maría erla said...

happy birthday! hope you've had a wonderful day :) cheers maría

 
At 12:08, Blogger Minka said...

Doug: Isn´t it when when you learn as a grown up things are so much more interesting then you deemed them at the age of 12?
I had no interest in linguistics and grammar when I started university, but they were compulsory and then a fabulous teacher walked in...this is how things get started.

 

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