LINGUIST List 10.107

Mon Jan 25 1999

Qs: "Tide someone over", Asian books, Afroasiatics

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  1. MARC PICARD, RE: "To tide someone over"
  2. Asian Rare Books, Books on Hakka & Yue dialects
  3. David Wilmsen, References on Afroasiatics

Message 1: RE: "To tide someone over"

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 12:04:33 -0500
From: MARC PICARD <picardvax2.concordia.ca>
Subject: RE: "To tide someone over"

In her summary of the geographical distribution, semantic range and
origin of <to tide someone over>, Erica Hofmann Kencke mentioned that
some speakers have modified this to <to tie someone over>. Her
interpretation, with which I totally agree, is that it is 'probably a
construction by which a speaker "corrects" an incomprehensible idiom
to a form that seems to make more sense'. I've personally heard a
number of similar "corrections" over the years, e.g., <to wind one's
way home>, <on an even key>, <blind check>, <plutonic love> (I kid you
not), etc. Is there a name for this sort of thing (I don't think it
would qualify as hypercorrection, do you?), and has any sort of list
ever been compiled?

Marc Picard
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Message 2: Books on Hakka & Yue dialects

Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 05:31:37 -0500
From: Asian Rare Books <arbserols.com>
Subject: Books on Hakka & Yue dialects


I seek to buy
 Hashimoto: Hakka Dialect,
 A Study of the Yue Dialect
 And possibly rare older glossaries of Chinese and similar.

Stephen Feldman arbserols.com
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Message 3: References on Afroasiatics

Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 16:48:06 +0500
From: David Wilmsen <dwilmsenaucegypt.edu>
Subject: References on Afroasiatics

Greetings:

A colleague is looking for a simple reference on afro-asiatic
linguistics for his students to read by way of introduction/overview
of the subject.

Can anyone supply me with any?

Thanks

David Wilmsen
Director, Arabic and Translation Studies Division
American University in Cairo
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