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LINGUIST List 16.2043

Thu Jun 30 2005

Qs: Historical Present/Non-IE; German Phonology

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        1.    Keira Ballantyne, Historical Present outside of Indo-European
        2.    Stefan Ploch, Phonology of German

Message 1: Historical Present outside of Indo-European
Date: 29-Jun-2005
From: Keira Ballantyne <keiraballantynegmail.com>
Subject: Historical Present outside of Indo-European

Dear colleagues,

I wonder if anyone could point me to examples of historical present or
historical present-like phenomena outside of Indo-European? I'm looking for
descriptions of or examples in languages where a present tense is used
within narrative text to describe events which have a clear past

I'm only aware of Robin Hooper's work suggesting that the Tokelauan
inchoative may be an example of a similar phenomenon (Hooper, Robin. 1998.
Universals of narrative pragmatics: a Polynesian case study. Linguistics.
36: 119 - 160). Any other leads would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Keira Ballantyne


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Description
Message 2: Phonology of German
Date: 28-Jun-2005
From: Stefan Ploch <plochlanguages.wits.ac.za>
Subject: Phonology of German

I am collating a bibliography about the phonology of German. Which books
and articles would you recommend (and why)?

I will post a summary.

Many thanks!

Stefan Ploch.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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