Executive Grammar

This is taken from an article from BoingBoing by Cory Doctorow where he details the work of grammarian Garth Risk Hallberg.  Hallberg took the following sentence, a rather long one, from Barack Obama and diagrammed it.

My view is also that nobody’s above the law, and, if there are clear instances of wrongdoing, that people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen, but that, generally speaking, I’m more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards.

Some of his conclusions about Obama’s use of the language to cushion his harsh points are interesting and the obvious work of a practiced public speaker.

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