Courts on language/Gerichte über Sprache

Proponents of Proposition 8 in California, ‘Eliminates the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry’, want it changed to ‘Limit on Marriage’. They think the verb ‘eliminates’ is negative and not typical of titles of legislation in California.

Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley said ‘There is nothing inherently argumentative or prejudicial about transitive verbs, and the Court is not willing to fashion a rule that would require the Attorney General to engage in useless nominalization’.

Advocates of same-sex marriage were pleased with the decision.

I suppose one should keep an eye open for future transitive verbs, and make sure that there is no further nominalization.

(via Roger Shuy at Language Log)

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