LINGUIST List 14.2924

Sun Oct 26 2003

Qs: Causative Morphemes; Germanic Ling Text

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  1. Federico Damonte, Double causatives affixes
  2. Eric Russell Webb, Germanic Ling text

Message 1: Double causatives affixes

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 14:51:50 +0000
From: Federico Damonte <>
Subject: Double causatives affixes

Dear list, 

although descriptive grammars and the typological literature report
several languages that have two different causative morphemes (some
Khoisan languages, for instance), i was not able to pin down the
following points:

1) in those languages that have two causative suffixes, is there any
clear semantic or syntactic difference between the two suffixes? for
instance, do the two suffixes attach to different verbal roots?

2) can the two affixes cooccur, and in case, in which order? and what
is the overall meaning of the verb, then?

3) is there any language with more than two different causative

as i am by no means an expert on causatives, any information or
references to the relevant literature would be greatly appreciated. In
case of a sizable number of answers, i will post a summary to the

thanks in anticipation,

federico damonte 
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Message 2: Germanic Ling text

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 16:00:27 +0000
From: Eric Russell Webb <>
Subject: Germanic Ling text

Might anyone recommend a good text for use in an introduction to
germanic linguistics course? My course involves German, English and
Linguistics undergrads, some of whom have little linguistic
background. I would appreciate any tips.

Language-Family: Germanic; Code: IEF
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