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    who-done-it

    Hi,
    "Goody points out that the written form of language releases us from the linear experiential mode: 'the fact that it takes a visual form means that one can escape from the problem of the succession of events in time, by backtracking, skipping, looking to see who-done-it before we know what it is they did."
    I don't understand what he means by 'who-done-it' in that quote. I expect it to be 'who-did/does-it'.
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Last edited by Nuh Yamin; 19-Jul-2010 at 08:04.

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    Re: who-done-it

    This question has been answered here:

    Who-done-it - WordReference Forums

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    Re: who-done-it

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuh Yamin View Post
    Hi,
    "Goody points out that the written form of language releases us from the linear experiential mode: 'the fact that it takes a visual form means that one can escape from the problem of the succession of events in time, by backtracking, skipping, looking to see who-done-it before we know what it is they did."
    I don't understand what he means by 'who-done-it' in that quote. I expect it to be 'who-did/does-it'.
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Goody is being cute. "Who-done-it" is a case of intellectuals "slumming it" by purposefully using non-standard English. (Unlike "The Folk", who Edwin Sapir once famously said make no apology). Sometimes it works, depending on the situation. Speaking syntactically, I think he means you can see the subject before the predicate.

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