Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nouning the Verb

David Tennant (of Dr. Who fame) as Hamlet on a 1st class
stamp issued this year by the Royal Mail to commemorate

the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

"We decided to try to see what happens inside us when the brain comes upon sentences like 'The dancers foot it with grace,' or 'We waited for disclose of news,' or 'Strong wines thick my thoughts,' or 'I could out-tongue your griefs' or 'Fall down and knee/The way into his mercy.' For research suggests that there is one specific part of the brain that processes nouns and another part that processes verbs: but what happens when for a micro-second there is a serious hesitation between whether, in context, this is noun or verb?" — Phillip Davis, More Intelligent Life

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