LINGUIST List 11.119

Fri Jan 21 2000

Qs: Verbal Interrogatives, North & South Vietnamese

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  1. Lameen Souag, Verbal Interrogatives
  2. Karl Reinhardt, North and South Vietnamese

Message 1: Verbal Interrogatives

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 15:39:58 GMT
From: Lameen Souag <>
Subject: Verbal Interrogatives

Obviously, interrogatives can occur as nouns (what), adjectives
(which), adverbs (how), and even perhaps numerals (ikutu/nan- in
Japanese). Does anyone out there know of a language with verbal
interrogatives (perhaps in a sentence like 'what are you doing?')? If
there are none, does anyone know of a reason why there shouldn't be?

Thanks in advance,

Lameen Souag
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Message 2: North and South Vietnamese

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:28:21 -0600
From: Karl Reinhardt <>
Subject: North and South Vietnamese

I have been asked to find out something about the differences between
North and South Vietnamese. There is a suggestion that a US court
interpreter, from one area, mistranslated an accused person from
another, and because of misunderstanding the accused was given a stiff
sentence. I would appreciate any relevant information. I realize
that the whole question is very vague, but that is how I received it.
Due to others involved, if I could have a comparison in Spanish (e.g.,
Mexican and Argentinian Spanish, or Spanish and Catalan) I would be
grateful. Technical discussion, such as individual correspondences,
would probably not help much. Any statements about mutual
intelligibility would help, of course.

Thanks very much.
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