LINGUIST List 14.2043

Wed Jul 30 2003

Qs: Eng Dialects; Contrast Licensing

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  1. William J. Rapaport, "a whole nother thing"
  2. Robert Kirchner, contrast licensing in affixes

Message 1: "a whole nother thing"

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 15:40:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: William J. Rapaport <rapaportcse.Buffalo.EDU>
Subject: "a whole nother thing"

Has anyone ever commented on the idiom "that's a whole nother thing",
where the word "whole" is inserted inside the word "another"? I've
heard this in New York City dialects (the one I grew up with; I've
said "a whole nother thing" all my life but only recently realized
how odd it is) and also in Australia.

William J. Rapaport
Associate Professor of Computer Science & Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Member, Center for Cognitive Science
Associate Director, SNePS Research Group (SNeRG)

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Message 2: contrast licensing in affixes

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 18:50:03 +0000
From: Robert Kirchner <>
Subject: contrast licensing in affixes

I would appreciate it if anyone could help me with the following
question: whom should I cite for the observation that languages
license a broader array of contrasts within roots than within affixes?
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