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 Jun 2024

languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu

It's an interesting position and had me rethinking things a bit, but the way I look at it, the actions themselves are negative; it's their boundary conditions which are different. Take for instance embark/disembark. In pseudomathematical terms, I would tend to think they increment or decrement one's embarkedness, with an upper boundary of 1 (aboard), and a lower boundary of 0 (ashore). The nonexistence of values >1 (superaboard) or <0 (antiaboard) shouldn't affect the relative polarity of the actions themselves. I think. Looking through the rest of the list, there's a variety of different boundary conditions. Prove/disprove would range from 1 to 1 (1=proven, 0=asserted but untested, 1=proven false), entangle/disentangle seems to range from 0 to infinity (because you can always be a little more entangled, can't you?), and please/displease is perhaps wholly unbounded (if we imagine that humanity has an infinite capacity for both suffering and joy).

her first remark upon embarking would no doubt be "on a scale from one to on a boat, we're on a boat!
