LINGUIST List 15.3554
Tue Dec 21 2004
Qs: On 'versus' as a Verb; English Pronunciation
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1. William J.
On 'versus' as a Verb
Message 1: On 'versus' as a Verb
From: William J. Rapaport <rapaportcse.Buffalo.EDU>
Subject: On 'versus' as a Verb
Has anyone noticed the use of ''versus'' as a verb, as in:
''I versed him in Yu-Gi-Oh yesterday.''
''Who are you versing in the tournament?''
It seems to come from a misunderstanding, based on pronunciation,
of ''versus'' as ''verses'' (i.e., of a Latin term misheard as an English
3rd-person verb): The headline ''Michael vs. Tyler'' is heard as the
active sentence ''Michael verses Tyler''.
I first heard this within the last year from my 9-year-old son and his
friends. They define it as ''to battle''.
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Message 2: English Pronunciation
From: wajdan raza <wajdanrazayahoo.com>
Subject: English Pronunciation
I am a student of MA Final (Linguistics). I am doing
my research on the English Pronunciation of the people
of Goa, India. I request those linguists who completed
research theses on English pronunciation to send/email
me their researches or literature reviews so that I
can complete my literarute review and choose the best
suited methodology to analyse the samples of my
research. I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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