Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Proven Winners (Lingua Franca)

“Does it matter if things have been proved or proven? I ask this as a grammatical question, not a philosophical one about the nature of evidence. Does it matter if one uses proved or proven as the past participle of the verb prove?

If you’re in the it-doesn’t-matter camp, you’re not alone. But the it-does-matter camp is not deserted (yet).

Taken together, these verbs provide a good reminder that in the verb system, like elsewhere in the language, there can be pressure to regularize, but new idiosyncrasies are introduced into the system all the time, some of which prove to be winners.”

Read more @ http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/11/29/proven-winners/

Languages do matter!

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