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LINGUIST List 16.2638

Tue Sep 13 2005

Qs: Use of Imperatives; Egyptian Consonantal Shifts

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        1.    Julia Kuznetsova, Non-standard Use of Imperative Forms
        2.    Gary Gregoricka, Consonantal Shifts in Middle Egyptian and Coptic

Message 1: Non-standard Use of Imperative Forms
Date: 12-Sep-2005
From: Julia Kuznetsova <julia.kuznetsovayale.edu>
Subject: Non-standard Use of Imperative Forms

I am investigating a list of Russian constructions using quasi-imperative
forms. Quasi-imperative forms are forms that look like imperative forms on
the surface, but have different meaning . This meaning is not typical
meaning of imperative, such as command, instruction, request, warning, etc.
In Russian all quasi-imperative constructions have mood and modality
meanings, e. g. conditional and unexpectedness


Ne polez' on tuda, ni?ego by ne slu?ilos'
not clamber:imp.2sg he there nothing subj not happened

If he did not clamber there, nothing would happened.


Kupili sebe novyj xolodil'nik, a on voz'mi da i slomajsja.

bought:past.3pl self new refrigerator but it take:imp.2sg and and break:

[We] bought a new refrigerator, but it became broken at once.

I am looking for information about such use of imperative forms in other
languages, I will be very grateful for any information of a language which
use imperative forms to express non-imperative meanings.

Thank you, Julia Kuznetsova.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Message 2: Consonantal Shifts in Middle Egyptian and Coptic
Date: 12-Sep-2005
From: Gary Gregoricka <gregorickayale.edu>
Subject: Consonantal Shifts in Middle Egyptian and Coptic

I am writing my senior thesis on historical change between Middle Egyptian
and Coptic, the second and fifth stages of the Egyptian language. I am
interested in phonological changes--in particular, the collapse from what
egyptologists refer to as the four h's (phonetically, four voiceless
fricatives) in Middle Egyptian to the /h/ or /sh/ in Coptic. I am curious
to discover whether any phonological environments would trigger the change
to either /h/ or /sh/.

Is anyone aware of journal articles or books that may be of use to me?
Thanks so much!

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Description
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Coptic (cop)
Egyptian (egy)

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