Thursday, May 24, 2012

Emphasis and cognitive verbs

hear, understand, say, teach etc--all these are not emphasized. What is usually emphasized is the subject of these verbs.

That’ll teach her to try to trick a trained attack  detector!

No emphasis on 'teach'. Instead the emphasis falls on That.

I don't understand why they do it.

No emphasis on understand.

So, you hear like I don't understand > I don' stand

Phrase to search: "mental and verbal processes"

Paul Tech p. 139

20 common mental verbs

know, think, suppose, guess, meanfeel, remember, believe, understand, see, find, listen, consider, hear, love, expect, want, like, need, wonder

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