LINGUIST List 16.2785|
Tue Sep 27 2005
Qs: Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'; Movement to SpecIP
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Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
Movement to SpecIP - Experimental Evidence
Message 1: Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
From: Max Wheeler <m.w.wheelersussex.ac.uk>
Subject: Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
The Oxford English Dictionary s.v. POT n.5 says 'prob. f. Mexican Sp.
_potiguaya_ marijuana leaves'. Many English language websites tell the same
story, some giving the supposed variant Spanish forms _potaguaya_ or
_potacion de guaya_.
I have so far found no evidence that _potiguaya_, _potaguaya_ or _potacion
de guaya_ are in fact used in Spanish. I would be interested to know of any
evidence that any of these expressions is used in any variety of Spanish.
If any of them is used, I would also like to know the meaning.
Message 2: Movement to SpecIP - Experimental Evidence
From: Yael Fuerst <yael.fuerstyale.edu>
Subject: Movement to SpecIP - Experimental Evidence
I am currently looking at different accounts for the NP realized at SpecIP
in SVO languages, which is assumed to originate in a VP internal position,
or a little-vP internal position. I am interested conducting a
psycholinguistic experiment to check the realization of the NP in what is
assumed to be its original position, in which it was assigned the external
thematic role of the predicate. I would appreciate references about any of
1. Alternative accounts which generate the external argument outside the VP/vP.
2. Psycholinguistic/Neurolinguistic works which have dealt with movement of
the constituent assigned the external theta role of the predicate.
Thanks in advance,
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