LINGUIST List 16.79
Thu Jan 13 2005
Qs: Superlatives; Interaction in Inquiry Offices
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Interaction in Inquiry Offices
Message 1: Superlatives
From: Penka Stateva <statevazas.gwz-berlin.de>
I am interested in the ways languages of the world form superlative
constructions. So far I am aware of three morphological strategies: English
type using a special superlative morpheme (-est/least), Slavic/Baltic type
using both a comparative and a superlative morpheme, and Arabic type using
the same morpheme to express comparative and superlative meaning. Each of
these strategies are exemplified below:
(1) John is the smartest.
(2)Ivan je najpametniji
Ivan is most-smart-er
'Ivan is the smartest.' (Serbo-Croatian)
(3) Sa9da Ahmad a9la al-dzhibaali
climbed Ahmad more-high the mountains
'John climbed the highest mountain.' (Standard Arabic)
I would like to know if there exist other linguistic means in which
superlativity can be expressed in different languages. To this effect, I
would be very grateful if you could let me know how the following simple
sentences are translated into your language:
(4) John is the smartest.
(5) John climbed the highest mountain.
(6) John ran the fastest.
Any further hints and pointers will be highly appreciated. Please respond
directly to statevazas.gwz-berlin.de
If there is sufficient response, I will post a summary.
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Message 2: Interaction in Inquiry Offices
From: Jana Kubista <Jana.Kubistagmx.net>
Subject: Interaction in Inquiry Offices
I am looking for literature and research projects dealing with interaction
in inquiry offices, especially in Slavic countries and languages (f.i.
tourist information offices, information desks at stations, in city
centres, city halls, cultural institutions ...). Are there articles or
books analysing these interactional situations and dialogues by
means/methods of conversational analysis, discourse analysis,
ethnomethodology, or similiar theories?
I am also interested in any linguistic work in Slavonic languages that is
based on authentic, spontaneous dialogues (I didn't find so much yet, only
Thank you very much for your help,
Jana Kubista (Technical University Dresden)
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
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