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LINGUIST List 17.1993

Fri Jul 07 2006

Qs: The Preterit and Present Perfect; More on Bobonkt

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        1.    Takashi Kumagai, The Preterit and Present Perfect
        2.    Carlota Smith, More on Bobonkt

Message 1: The Preterit and Present Perfect
Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Takashi Kumagai <tomiscatclassic.email.ne.jp>
Subject: The Preterit and Present Perfect

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

I am currently working on the present perfect and the preterit in American and
British English, i.e., the preterit as the present perfect and the present
perfect with past time adverbs as in the following examples:

a. I just came back.
b. You told me already.
c. The horse's trainer has had a winner here yesterday.

This is discussed on the A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Quirk,
R. et al.:1985) and Practical English Usage (Swan, M.:1995) and others.

But unfortunately, there are certain points that remain less than clear.

I therefore would be very grateful if any "native speakers" could give me their
acceptability judgments on the data in the questionnaire below.

Please, respond to: http://www.englishcafe.jp/survey.html

I'll certainly be willing to share the results with anyone who is interested.

Thank you.

Takashi Kumagai.
Graduate student.
Hokkaido University of Education, Hakodate campus.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Message 2: More on Bobonkt
Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Carlota Smith <carlotasmithmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: More on Bobonkt

Original query: http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-1952.html#2

A few days ago I posted a query about "bobonkt" and received some interesting
replies. Several people suggested that I check the transcription/spelling. I
haven't yet tracked down the word, but here is some more information.

The diary clearly says "bobonkt" but it may be a misspelling: the writer was a
14-year-old girl in the northern hills of Arkansas, near Batesville (not in the
West as I mistakenly said in my earlier posting). People also asked about the
context, which is this: "I felt like talking a walk, so I walked to Mrs
Maxwell's to get some bobonkt."

Any thoughts?
Thanks very much.
Carlota Smith


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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