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A Brief History of the Verb To Be$
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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037129

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037129.001.0001

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(p.233) Afterword
A Brief History of the Verb To Be

Andrea Moro

The MIT Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. It argues that no one should let themselves be intimidated by the knowledge of others, be it scientific knowledge or knowledge of any other kind. The great scholar Abelard—who was so interested in the verb to be—wrote about language research: “In fact, the perfection of ancient authors is not such that the doctrine would not also need our studies; nor can science grow to such a degree amongst us mortals that it cannot continue to increase.” Thus, there is room for anyone who wants to take part—and naturally, room for mistakes as well.

Keywords:   verbs, to be, Abelard, language research, knowledge

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