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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Impressions from Last Weekend: Multiple-Choice Edition

How many philosophers and linguists can fit in an SUV?

(a) None
(b) Seven
(c) Thirteen
(d) None of the above


What is the best way to irritate Jason Stanley?

(a) Eat his dinner while he is talking
(b) Put three relativists on the program and make him the chair
(c) Discreetly remind him that no one on the program is named "Lasergun"
(d) All of the above


How much can you expect a philinguist from California to pay for a bottle of conference pre-dinner wine?

(a) Eight dollars
(b) Ten dollars
(c) Fifty-six dollars
(d) All of the above


Where can one buy a bottle of wine in New Brunswick, Jersey?

(a) A wine store
(b) The supermarket
(c) Walmart
(d) More than half of the above


Is 'yellow fin tuna salad glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menu item' interpretable?

(a) Yes, but only if it is type e rather than type (e, t)
(b) Yes, this is one of my preferred items on glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menus.
(c) Sure, it combines with determiners, as in 'more than two-third of the yellow fin tuna salad glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menu items were unavailable yesterday'
(d) Yes, it is interpretable. In fact, most constructions in which it occurs are system 1 not system 2, which means that even a small child can grasp them (witness 'yellow fin tuna salad glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menu items rarely make you sick' and 'yellow fin tuna salad glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menu items carry the West Nile Virus'.
(e) Yes, but I am wondering what to say about 'the four yellow fin tuna salad glitzy Hollywood star restaurant menu items available Thursday morning from 10 to 11 and Friday evening before Friday's episode of Jeopardy but after regular school hours at the local school in East New Brunswick were unavailable Friday at 9 p.m. when we suddenly found ourselves in the mood for something fishy'

2 comments:

Carrie Jenkins said...

c (at least), b, c, a, no - 'yellowfin' is one word.

:)

Brit said...

Dear Quiz-taker Jenkins,
Your grade is A. You did make one mistake in question 4 but you performance was solid and revealed no fundamental shortcomings either in understanding or ability to work with the material.