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LINGUIST List 16.1470

Mon May 09 2005

Qs: Deictic Expressions; Definite and Indefinite DPs

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        1.    Muhammad Sadegh Zarei, Deictic Expressions
        2.    Mike Putnam, Structural Differences Between Definite and Indefinite DPs?

Message 1: Deictic Expressions
Date: 09-May-2005
From: Muhammad Sadegh Zarei <dmsadeghyahoo.com>
Subject: Deictic Expressions

Hi there,

With regard to Deictic Expressions defined as those expression whose meaninig
are fully understood in the juxtaposition of Linguistic Context, I am now
willing to know if some words such as "sometimes" and "somewhere" can always be
taken for the Deictic Expression?

I would also be grateful to know if the pronoun "it" in the following sentence
has got the antecedant to refer to? "It was difficult to take the exam."
Moreover, can we say that this "it" is absent in the Deep Structure and it is
only used to make the sentence seem artistic? Does "it" have linguistic
function, semantically?

I'm looking forward to hearing of you!


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
Message 2: Structural Differences Between Definite and Indefinite DPs?
Date: 07-May-2005
From: Mike Putnam <syntaxpunkgmail.com>
Subject: Structural Differences Between Definite and Indefinite DPs?

Does any know of any relevant literature out that that addresses the topic
of structural differences between definite and indefinite DPs? Any leads,
links or potential PDF.files would be a tremendous help!

Mike Putnam
University of Kansas

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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