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LINGUIST List 17.18

Tue Jan 10 2006

Qs: Bilingual Data Collection; Scalar Meaning of 'Any'

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        1.    Maria Bouba, Bilingual Data Collection
        2.    Jiang Yong, Scalar Meaning of 'Any'

Message 1: Bilingual Data Collection
Date: 03-Jan-2006
From: Maria Bouba <mariabdsl.pipex.com>
Subject: Bilingual Data Collection

Dear all,

I am interested in finding out about contemporary bibliography on the
methodology of Bilingual Data collection, in particular, for toddlers

I would be grateful for any imfornation/references on bilingualism &
Language Acquisition and spontaneous speech data collection or for any
advice on this area.

Many thanks in advance,

Maria Bouba

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Message 2: Scalar Meaning of 'Any'
Date: 31-Dec-2005
From: Jiang Yong <jiangyongfudan.edu.cn>
Subject: Scalar Meaning of 'Any'

Hi, I am a student in Fudan University in Shanghai, China. I'd like to know
why the word 'any' has the scalar meaning (even). Does its scalar meaning
come from the word itself (i.e. the lexical meaning) or from its
interaction with context? In addition, what drives the word to divide its
functions into f-c and p-s? I have read some papers and books about it, but
very puzzled.

Thank you all!

Best wishes for the new year!

Jiang Yong

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

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