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LINGUIST List 16.2785

Tue Sep 27 2005

Qs: Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'; Movement to SpecIP

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        1.    Max Wheeler, Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
        2.    Yael Fuerst, Movement to SpecIP - Experimental Evidence

Message 1: Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
Date: 27-Sep-2005
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.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Message 2: Movement to SpecIP - Experimental Evidence
Date: 26-Sep-2005
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
the following:

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,

Yael Fuerst

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

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