LINGUIST List 10.1474

Thu Oct 7 1999

Qs: Convert British Phon/American,Past Subjunctive

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  1. Nina Silverberg, converting British phon. to American
  2. Vincent DeCaen, past subj?

Message 1: converting British phon. to American

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 12:05:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nina Silverberg <nsilverbastro.ocis.temple.edu>
Subject: converting British phon. to American

Does anyone know of any listing of systematic rules of conversion from
British pronunciation to American pronunciation?

reply to: nsilverbunix.temple.edu

Nina B. Silverberg Phone: (215) 707-3090
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Fax: (215) 707-7843
Department of Neurology
Temple University School of Medicine
3401 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
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Message 2: past subj?

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 20:12:16 -0400 (EDT)
From: Vincent DeCaen <decaenchass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: past subj?

in 18th century english the subjunctives were productive. e.g., "Oh Jack,
knewest thou my conceit, and were but thy laugh joined to mine, I believe
it would hold me for an hour longer." interesting here too is the word
order. 

I would appreciate a ref to a really good description of the phenomenon.
but what i really would like is a strictly compositional analysis that
would show, tense-logic-like, how mood + past = irrealis.
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Dr Vincent DeCaen <decaenchass.utoronto.ca>
c/o Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2d floor
University of Toronto, Toronto ON, CANADA, M5S 1A1

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