LINGUIST List 13.1574

Sun Jun 2 2002

Qs: Arabic/Semitic Data, Online/Chinese Pragmatics

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  1. Ljuba Veselinova, Arabic/Semitic Data
  2. H. Lin Domizio, Chinese pragmatics online discussion group

Message 1: Arabic/Semitic Data

Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 17:54:10 +0000
From: Ljuba Veselinova <>
Subject: Arabic/Semitic Data

Dear All,

I need some information /additional data from Arabic and other Semitic

My first question concerns the occurrence of a suppletive imperative
forms for basic motion verbs. The phenomenon seems recurrent in
varieties of Arabic spoken in North Africa. Egyptian Arabic taHaala
'Come!" vs. geet 'come.PERFECTIVE.SG.M'

Tunisian Arabic
 ayaa 'Come!' vs. ji 'come.IMPERFECTIVE.SG.M'

Moroccan Arabic
sir 'Go!' vs. ghadi 'go.IMPERFECTIVE.SG.M'

I would like to find out if suppletion in imperative exists in other
varieties of Arabic, especially those in the Middle East.

My other question concerns the occurrence of suppletion in the
paradigms of the verb 'say', again in Semitic languages. I am aware of
such suppletion in Hebrew where the suppletive stems follow tense
distinctions and in Maltese, where one stem, qal, is used for the
third person of the perfective and a different one, ghidt, for all
others. I would like to know whether there are any other such cases in
Semitic languages that I might have missed.

Needless to say, I am very very grateful for all information. I won't
be able to post a summary before the end of the summer though because
there are way too many deadlines I have to meet by then. However,
should there be any need for suppletive verbs data, I promise to
promptly share those.

Many thanks in advance and best wishes,

Language-Family: Semitic; Code: AFF
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Message 2: Chinese pragmatics online discussion group

Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 09:52:47 -0400
From: H. Lin Domizio <>
Subject: Chinese pragmatics online discussion group

Does anyone happen to know if there are online discussion groups that
are specifically geared toward the topic of Chinese Pragmatics? Any

Thanks for any help in advance.

H. Lin Domizio
East Asian Studies
Box 1850
Brown University,
Providence, RI 02912
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