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104 Post author: Alicorn 01 June 2010 12:43AM

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Comment author: AlanCrowe 01 June 2010 05:42:59PM *  3 points [-]

I'm quite pleased with the way my essay on subduction phrases addressed some of the problems with examples head on.

I think that similar considerations apply here. Real life is terribly messy and non-fiction examples are likely to be lengthy and ambiguous to the point of obscurity. A better criticism is that the fictional examples need to be followed up by much longer real-life examples that address the practical difficulties. That however is more in the nature of "directions for future research" than an outright criticism.