LINGUIST List 12.1182

Mon Apr 30 2001

Sum: Focus/Narrow Syntax/Bangla

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  1. sharbani, Focus/Narrow Syntax/Bangla

Message 1: Focus/Narrow Syntax/Bangla

Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 06:48:46 +0530
From: sharbani <>
Subject: Focus/Narrow Syntax/Bangla

For Query: Linguist 12.1132

A few days ago I had posted the following queries to the LINGUIST.

Q.1) I have worked on a very large portion of Bangla Syntax in my 
thesis called 'Grammar of Case and Adposition----a parametric Study', 
under Minimalist framework. During the course of my study I found that 
Focus plays a very big role in 'Narrow Syntax' in Bangla.I am looking for 
some work which treats Focus in 'Narrow Syntax' and not as an 'Interface'
condition only.

Q.2) I have Widows 98 and Ms Word and Acrobat Reader in my computer. I 
can't download .GZ and other file types.

I am extremely grateful to the following people for helping me with the 

Ans to Q.1):
I) Tamara Rae Neuberger wrote:

I am working on a paper which can account for various narrow readings of
focus, and I am interested in hearing about what you have learned. If
you are more specific about what you are looking for, I may be able to point
you to some related papers or give you a copy of my paper, which is a 
work in progress. 
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II) Nomi Erteschik-Shir wrote

You might be interested in my 1997 book entitled "The Dynamics of Focus 
Structure" (Cambridge University Press). I argue that focus structure is 
indeed part of grammar and discuss its role wrt binding, quantifier 
scope, wh-movement and much more.
 I would definitely be interested in your work on Bangla.

Nomi Erteschik-Shir wrote
Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics
Ben-Gurion University
P.O.Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel

972-8-6461117 Fax: 972-8-6472907 Home: 972-8-6469482
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III) Anna Szabolcsi wrote:

Hungarian is a language whose generative literature treats focus as part 
of narrow syntax. You might want to get in touch with
Michael Brody <>
Katalin E. Kiss <>
Julia Horvath <>

Anna Szabolcsi=20
Dept. of Linguistics, New York University
719 Broadway, #501, NY, NY 10003
tel (212) 998 7956, fax (212) 995 4707=20
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IV)Cedric Boecks wrote

I just saw your message on the linguistlist. I'd be interested in reading
your dissertation. Is there any way I could get a copy of it (email
attachment would be fine)?

Cedric Boeckx
Dept. of Linguistics
University of Connecticut, U-1145
341 Mansfield Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-1145 (USA)
Tel: (860) 486-4229
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Answer to Q2):
' I can't download .GZ and other file types'.

I) Mike Maxwell wrote:

GZ is GnuZip, a compression format. Inside the GZ file is another file,
often a Postscript file, sometimes a PDF file.

It should be possible to find free GnuUnzip programs on the web, but if
you're on a PC, I'd suggest instead downloading the freeware program
PowerDesk. This is like the Windows FileManager, but better :-). In
addition to being able to automatically uncompress numerous compression
formats (Zip, Gzip, tar, ...), it uses the Windows' QuickView program
_internally_ to let you view a number of file formats. (Unfortunately,
Postscript is not one of them, but see below.) Press F9 and the files 
show up in a window internal to PowerDesk; as you move from one file to 
another, the viewer window automatically shows each file in succession 
(great for browsing).The viewer program does not work under Windows2000, 
but it will work on most other versions of Windows. (And the non-free 
version of PowerDesk has a built-in viewer for even more file formats, 
which Win2k, and only costs $20 or so.) Their website is 
And they don't pay me for saying this, but tell them I sent you...

As for Postscript files (a very common format for papers on-line), some
printers will print them directly. But if your printer doesn't, or if 
you want to preview the files before cutting down trees, there are two 
freeware programs you'll need (actually, one asks for money, but keeps 
working even if you don't register it): Ghostscript (a Postscript 
interpreter (which allows you to view Postscript files in Windows, and print 
them even if you don't have a Postscript printer). The links are at . To my knowledge, you can't use GSView
internally to an Internet browser window, but you can easily download the
file. If you've installed PowerDesk, it will automatically unzip it, so
when Windows asks for the filename, give it ".ps" as the suffix (not 
.gz). Then when it's downloaded just open it, and GSView will automatically
display it.

 Mike Maxwell
 Summer Institute of Linguistics
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II) Mathew Purver wrote:

WinZip will handle .tar, .tgz, .tar.gz, .gz files. You can get it from:
Many papers, once unzipped, are in PostScript (.ps) format, so you will
also need GSView to read them:

Matthew Purver <>
Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing Group
Department of Computer Science
King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

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III) Ashish Mehta wrote:

Since you have the acrobat reader, you shouldn't have any problem in 
reading Mat Rooth's paper (I am referring to the one called "Focus") as 
it is in the PDF format. I suggest you to go thru' the following way: 
check for "old courses" in Pual Hagstrom's site 
<>) and there's one page
devoted to the Focus seminar. Here you can have access to a number of
papers, including the ones by Mat Rooth- all in PDF. For example, there
is one general "state-of-the-art" survey article from (another worthy site).
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