LINGUIST List 10.1050

Thu Jul 8 1999

Qs: Clause Union, Comprehension, Grammaticalization

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  1. Susi Wurmbrand, Restructuring
  2. Kirk Hazen, comprehension/production
  3. Wolf-Christian Wagener, Grammaticalization

Message 1: Restructuring

Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 03:14:42 -0400
From: Susi Wurmbrand <>
Subject: Restructuring

Dear linguists,

	I am compiling a bibliography on works on 'clause union' (Aissen &
Perlmutter 1976/1983) or 'restructuring' (Rizzi 1976/1978/1982) that will
be made availabe on the web. Since the topic (which involves issues like
clitic climbing, verb raising, long distance scrambling, long object
movement) has been of interest since the 70s, I might not be aware of all
the relevant articles (especially unpublished papers and papers in
conference proceedings or working papers). If you would like to be included
in the bibliography (and your article(s) do not appear in major journals)
please let me know the relevant references (either by e-mail to: or if you have a paper please send it to the address

Many thanks,

- Susi Wurmbrand.

Susi Wurmbrand
Departement de linguistique, Groupe de recherche sur l'asymetrie
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-Ville
Montreal, PQ. H3C 3P8

Phone: (514) 987-3000/4776#

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Message 2: comprehension/production

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 11:05:24 -0700
From: Kirk Hazen <>
Subject: comprehension/production

Dear LINGUIST list:

Does anyone know if it is possible for people to be able to "fluently"
a language but not be able to (somewhat) fluently produce it?

For example, I speak English and French, and although I can understand bits 
of Italian I am mostly lost in the language. Could someone acquire the
of a language without acquiring the production in that language?

When speaking of dialects in a language, the standard belief is that a
person can 
understand multiple dialects of the same language without necessarily having 
the productive ability in those same dialects.

Thanks and I will post a summary.

Kirk Hazen, Ph.D.			Phone: (304) 293-3107x414
Assistant Professor of English	Fax:	(304) 293-5380
Department of English
West Virginia University
PO Box 6296	Morgantown West Virginia 26506-6296			
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Message 3: Grammaticalization

Date: Sat, 03 Jul 1999 18:18:38 +0200
From: Wolf-Christian Wagener <>
Subject: Grammaticalization

Dear subscribers,
currently I am working on my M.A. on grammaticalization. I am specially
interested in sociocultural factors which have an effect on the process
of grammaticalization. It would be very helpful for my if there would be
someone out there who could help me a little further. If you have a tip
for me, please mail to:
Thanks in advance,

Wolf-Christian Wagener
University of Bonn, Germany.
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