QUOTE(katica @ Jun 27 2010, 02:36 AM)
QUOTE(clavicembalo @ Jun 25 2010, 01:45 PM)
QUOTE(katica @ Jun 25 2010, 08:33 PM)
QUOTE(clavicembalo @ Jun 25 2010, 01:00 PM)
Aaarrghh! the continuity announcer just said, "RD now explores the importance OF
this epic achievement TO
Would you like to rephrase correctly for the benefit of Forumites education, please?
"RD now explores the importance
of this epic achievement to science
(this final emphasis would be optional) ..."
Dawkins is as eloquent a speaker as he is a writer; this continuity announcer's deficiency was all the more exposed.
Oh, got it at last!
It was an aural (and oral) rather than a grammatical offence...
It was indeed and all too prevalent both on the radio and the television. I don't understand why no-one at the BBC has had it pointed out to them. There are language programmes such as Word of Mouth
that discuss this very thing and yet it seems to have snowballed, if anything.
To my mind, it's more annoying than that upward inflection at the end of a sentence, transforming it into a question, because it is so clearly wrong to emphasise the prepositions as they do - although in certain contexts it is OK ,when comparing position say, e.g. "Is the cat sitting ON or BY the TV?" - instead they steamroller over the words that ought to be emphasised and land heavily upon those that are most inappropriate.
Now, what if the words were printed for them on a stave with markings of dynamics and articulation?!
Where's my phone? ........