LINGUIST List 12.1530

Mon Jun 11 2001

Qs: Am Eng /ae/ Informants, Postponement References

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  1. Antony Green, American tense /ae/ informants
  2. Maria Martinez Lirola, Thematization and Postponement

Message 1: American tense /ae/ informants

Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 10:52:22 +0200
From: Antony Green <>
Subject: American tense /ae/ informants


I'm looking for informants who are native speakers of a variety of
American English that has (near-)complementary distribution between
lax [ae] (e.g. in polysyllabic words like "happy", maybe also in
monosyllabic words before certain consonants like "cat, cap, tack,
pal, hang") and tense [E] (e.g. in "ram, ran, laugh, path, pass").

Anyone who can help please drop me a line at

Antony Green

Antony Dubach Green
Universit�t Potsdam
Institut f�r Linguistik Tel. +49 331 9772401
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 35
14476 Golm Fax +49 331 9772087
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Message 2: Thematization and Postponement

Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 08:11:03 -0600
From: Maria Martinez Lirola <>
Subject: Thematization and Postponement

Dear Colleagues,

Counting on your great knowledge in linguistics, I would like to ask for 
your help in the following issue:
I am working in a doctoral dissertation in processes of thematization and 
postponement in English. I am about to finish it but I do not have enough 
bibliographical references regarding the process called postponement in 
English. So far, the only references that I have been able to use have been 
Quirk et alii (1985, Downing and Locke (1992) and Huddleston (1984) but I 
need something more specific.
Please let me know about any books or articles in addition to the above.

Thanks in advance.

Maria Martinez Lirola
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