LINGUIST List 11.1355

Mon Jun 19 2000

Sum: -ee Suffix in English

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  1. Anja Wanner, -ee Suffix in English

Message 1: -ee Suffix in English

Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 23:58:31 -0500
From: Anja Wanner <>
Subject: -ee Suffix in English

For Query: Linguist 11.1240

I would like to thank all who responded to my request for information on
corpus-based work on the English affix -ee
( ), either pointing out
articles or sharing examples, like this one from Ken Beesley: 'A couple of
years ago, I was driving in Utah, USA and saw a (Utah) license plate on a
camper-trailer that said "TUGGEE". Hoping against hope, I pulled up to the
light truck pulling the trailer, and the plate was indeed "TUGGER"'. 

The obvious paper to mention (extensive bibliography) is: Barker, Chris
(1998): "Episodic -ee in English: A thematic role constraint on new word
formation." In: Language 74(4), pp. 695-727. (downloadable: ).

People who are currently working, or have worked, on the -ee affix include: 
Leslie Barret, New York University <> (-ee and
aspectual verb classes)
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
<> (his articles are listed in Barker's bibliography)
Bozena Cetnarowska, University of Silesia, Poland
<> (-ee as unaccusative diagnostic)
Luis Gonzalez <> 

Thanks again.
anja wanner

Anja Wanner
Assistant Professor, Dept. of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Helen C. White Hall
600 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

phone: + (608) 263-3807
fax: + (608) 263-3709
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