LINGUIST List 17.1952|
Tue Jul 04 2006
Qs: Passive Constructions; Meaning of 'Bobonkt'
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Meaning of 'Bobonkt'
Message 1: Passive Constructions
From: Xiaoyan Zhou <lovelyrock06hotmail.com>
Subject: Passive Constructions
I am working on my doctoral dissertation which concerns passive
constructions in different languages (such as Russian, Swahili, Japanese).
Except for Chinese, English and French, native speakers of other languages
are cordially invited to read the following words and give appropriate answers.
For details, please go to
Thanks in advance!
Colleen Xiaoyan Zhou
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Message 2: Meaning of 'Bobonkt'
From: Carlota Smith <carlotasmithmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Meaning of 'Bobonkt'
I am trying to find the meaning of a word used in the American West during the
civil war period: the word is bobonkt. It appeared in the following sentence in
a personal diary from 1863:
I went to get some bobonkt
so it's apparently a mass noun. I have looked in dictionaries that I found in
the library, including the OED, and on Google, without success.
I'd appreciate any suggestions as to the word's meaning, and of where to look
for the word.
Carlota S. Smith
Centennial Professor of Linguistics
Dept of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Tx 78712-1196
Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
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