Tune: Frithiof och Carmencita (E. Taube)
(A, a conversation analyst:)
I, loosely speaking, sort of study conversations,
trying my best to do without formalizations.
I can dispense
with things like meaning and sense;
just give me noises in context and keep distinctions blurred,
and I account for every sound you ever heard!
Thatís what I call real semantics.
(R.C., a situation semanticist:)
No, you have missed the point by miles!
Just pay attention to the fact that Anna smiles,
and youíll se that all that matters in this world
is to have an actual fact with a sweet and smiling daughter.
Well, now sheís also learnt to run,
so Iíve got twice as many facts with value one.
I must admit the world is changing rather faster than I like -
probably we shouldnít have taught her!
(C, a corpus fanatic:)
Nothing comes of all your work
if you havenít got a Quirk.
Quirk and Svartvik have a corpus which comprises
every sentence that will ever be spoken.
With this corpus on my shelf
I donít have to sit myself
listening to boring conversations such as this -
I can do semantics!