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# Certain minor peculiarities of language are used

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Certain minor peculiarities of language are used unconsciously by poets. If such peculiarities appear in the works of more than one poet, they are likely to reflect the language in common use during the poetsâ€™ time. However, if they appear in the work of only one poet, they are likely to be personal idiosyncrasies. As such, they can provide a kind of â€œfingerprintâ€
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07 Dec 2006, 04:32
B

so that a single poem not known to have been written by that poet might not include that peculiarity.
It said not every poem will include that peculiarity, hence, if one tries to identify such poem for that peculiarity, one will not be able to make the right conclusion.
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07 Dec 2006, 05:32
GOing with B.

[quote="vineetgupta"]Certain minor peculiarities of language are used unconsciously by poets. If such peculiarities appear in the works of more than one poet, they are likely to reflect the language in common use during the poetsâ€™ time. However, if they appear in the work of only one poet, they are likely to be personal idiosyncrasies. As such, they can provide a kind of â€œfingerprintâ€
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07 Dec 2006, 10:09
One more B guys.
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07 Dec 2006, 13:23
If B is the correct answer then I'll rent a gun, buy a bullet and kill myself.

According to B, peculiarity of language always belongs to a single poet. It may or may not appear on all of his/her work. But if it appears, it can be concluded that it is "mark of that particular poet".
This can not be the right answer.

According to C, peculiarity of language in a poem of unknown authorship could be evidence
1) either that the poem was written by the one author known to use that peculiarity
2) or that the peculiarity was not unique to that author.Therefore, just by tracing peculiarity of language, nothing can be conclusively decided.
This should be the correct answer.
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07 Dec 2006, 13:43
I liked the way you explained it. Hmm, makes me wonder if I was wrong.

Swagatalakshmi wrote:
If B is the correct answer then I'll rent a gun, buy a bullet and kill myself.

According to B, peculiarity of language always belongs to a single poet. It may or may not appear on all of his/her work. But if it appears, it can be concluded that it is "mark of that particular poet".
This can not be the right answer.

According to C, peculiarity of language in a poem of unknown authorship could be evidence
1) either that the poem was written by the one author known to use that peculiarity
2) or that the peculiarity was not unique to that author.Therefore, just by tracing peculiarity of language, nothing can be conclusively decided.
This should be the correct answer.
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07 Dec 2006, 13:55
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
If B is the correct answer then I'll rent a gun, buy a bullet and kill myself.

According to B, peculiarity of language always belongs to a single poet. It may or may not appear on all of his/her work. But if it appears, it can be concluded that it is "mark of that particular poet".
This can not be the right answer.

According to C, peculiarity of language in a poem of unknown authorship could be evidence
1) either that the poem was written by the one author known to use that peculiarity
2) or that the peculiarity was not unique to that author.Therefore, just by tracing peculiarity of language, nothing can be conclusively decided.
This should be the correct answer.

Good point! Also see incosistency below

Certain minor peculiarities of language are used unconsciously by poets. If such peculiarities appear in the works of more than one poet, they are likely to reflect the language in common use during the poetsâ€™ time. However, if they appear in the work of only one poet, they are likely to be personal idiosyncrasies. As such, they can provide a kind of â€œfingerprintâ€
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07 Dec 2006, 16:05
It's B bc C deals with whether the peculiarity of language would be unique to one author or not, while B indicates that a test for one poem may not be sufficient to establish authorship, just the statement that would undermine the question stem.
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07 Dec 2006, 22:26
Going with C.
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07 Dec 2006, 23:18
[quote="vineetgupta"]Certain minor peculiarities of language are used unconsciously by poets. If such peculiarities appear in the works of more than one poet, they are likely to reflect the language in common use during the poetsâ€™ time. However, if they appear in the work of only one poet, they are likely to be personal idiosyncrasies. As such, they can provide a kind of â€œfingerprintâ€
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08 Dec 2006, 07:12
The OA is C...thanks for the excellent explanation

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08 Dec 2006, 07:12
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