atw: Re: vagaries of Australian english


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> From: austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:austechwriter-
> bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Fullerton
> Sent: Wednesday, 8 June 2005 4:15 PM
> To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: atw: Re: vagaries of Australian english
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> I've noticed, in a lot of developer brain dumps, the "if... then"
> construction - because those are the words used in code. (I tend to use
> it when writing for developers because I know they understand it!)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:austechwriter-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bill Dennis
> Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2005 4:12 PM
> To: austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: atw: vagaries of Australian english
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> In  australian english, seemingly in defiance of all other variations of
> said language, the word "where" is used to indicate the possible
> instance of something occuring, as opposed to "when".=3D0D
> 
> Frinstance:
> 
> Where a occurs, b take place immediately to avoid an explosion.
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> Why?
> 

The brain deals with WHAT/WHERE.
WHAT covers WHO and WHICH.
WHERE covers WHEN and HOW.
WHY comes out of consciousness, it being an agent of mediation.

As we can see, the GENERAL space of WHERE includes within its space the term
WHEN.

WHERE is more spacial than WHEN that is more temporal. BOTH come out of the
same 'space' and as such can be 'swapped' at times depending on context
and/or confusion as what to use - a more spatial reference or a more
temporal reference? (note that both, as does HOW, require coordinate systems
- IOW there is an overall sense of integration when compared to the WHAT
group that is more differentiating)

Thus we can have "Where X happens, be it over here, or over there, ....."
this is compared to When X happens, be it today or tomorrow,...."

Chris.



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