LINGUIST List 12.1729

Tue Jul 3 2001

Qs: Contracted Forms, Gender and Grammar Errors

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  1. Pia Kohlmyr, Literature on Contracted Forms
  2. Pia Kohlmyr, Gender and Grammar Errors

Message 1: Literature on Contracted Forms

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 10:52:40 +0200
From: Pia Kohlmyr <>
Subject: Literature on Contracted Forms

Dear friends,

Does anyone out there know about any literature on the use/misuse
of contracted forms like *I'm understand that... or *I'll would
like... or simply contracted forms in general? I'm looking for
sources on this matter and so far I've only come up with Kuczaj
"Arguments against Hurford's Aux Copying Rule" (1976) and Bahns
"What Did You Bought? Explaining a Typical Error in the
Acquisition of English" (1991).

Thanks in advance,
Pia Kohlmyr
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Message 2: Gender and Grammar Errors

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 11:01:19 +0200
From: Pia Kohlmyr <>
Subject: Gender and Grammar Errors

Dear fellow netters,

I'm looking into an issue of grammatical errors where I
have found tendencies suggesting gender related errors
in certain areas of grammar in free writing (essays etc).
Does anyone know about research and literature in this
field? In my material e.g. male writers are overrepresented
as regards overgeneralisation of auxiliaries 'be/will'
whereas female writers tend to make more errors with the
realisation of perfective verb forms. How come? of course,
style could have something to do with it but I'd like to
read more about this. Any tips and ideas are welcome.

All the best,
Pia Kohlmyr
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