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In Reply to: Joel's use (he's not alone) of the declaritive posted by bill on March 26, 1999 at 10:30:24:
Jacobson's posts all point to one thing: he wishes to steer us away from debates he can't win, and toward pseudo-issues where he can anoint himself the Guardian of Fact whose Word (excuse me, his Idea) is Truth. Jacobson accuses others of 'philosophical definitionism' while engaging definitional assertions about the essential nature of economics ("economics is about choice") and socialism ("true socialism requires unlimited production"). Not to mention words ("You like most on this room actualy use words as if they determined one's ideas"). Verbal hide-and-go-seek is Jacobson's option when he doesn't want to debate issues or facts. Jacobson likes to accuse others of stuff he's guilty of himself. The guy likes to make rude comments (as he admits Now, as to your more important point, two questions: what makes a sentence less declarative if it contains words such as "because" or "for example" or "based on"? And what connection did you hope to make between grammar and political ideology?