Jabberwocky, or the poetry of function words

Reblogged from: http://mappingignorance.org/2013/12/13/jabberwocky-or-the-poetry-of-function-words/ Jabberwocky is the title of a famous poem by Lewis Carroll[1], a poem very much liked by linguists because it beautifully illustrates the crucial role that function words play in language. Function words are the little words no one pays much attention to, although they are the true keepers of grammar. In fact, language…