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LINGUIST List 17.2946

Sun Oct 08 2006

Qs: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns; Glottal Stops and Codas

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        1.    Janet Fodor, Interrogative and Relative Pronouns
        2.    Mark Donohue, Glottal Stops and Codas

Message 1: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns
Date: 05-Oct-2006
From: Janet Fodor <jfodorgc.cuny.edu>
Subject: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns

We would like information, from as many languages as possible, about the
relationship between interrogative and relative pronouns. Particularly we
wish to know whether or not these are historically, morphologically and/or
phonologically related. (Our ultimate interest is whether learners might
mistake one for the other, with consequent complications for syntax

We emphasize that languages where the two are unrelated are as of much
interest to us as those in which they are related.

Thanks to all who can contribute data on this.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Message 2: Glottal Stops and Codas
Date: 05-Oct-2006
From: Mark Donohue <markdonohue.cc>
Subject: Glottal Stops and Codas

Dear all,

Glottal stops in north Australian languages are phonotactically constrained
to only appear in codas; some languages of adjacent Indonesia with glottal
stops either show restrictions on their position (Sawu/Hawu: glottal stops
cannot begin words) or evidence for repositioning (Palu'e: glottal stops
cannot begin a word, and vowels preceding a medial glottal stop show
closed-syllable allophones.

Does anyone know of anything addressing the position in which glottal stops
may appear? I'm not talking about initial epenthetic glottal stops in
languages such as Tagalog, but underlying segments that appear to disfavour
onset realisations.

-Mark Donohue
Monash University

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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