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LINGUIST List 17.411

Tue Feb 07 2006

Qs: Nonverbal Clause Word Order: 'Wanna' Pronunciation

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        1.    Mark Donohue, Word Order in Nonverbal Clauses
        2.    Richard Hudson, 'Wanna' Pronunciations

Message 1: Word Order in Nonverbal Clauses
Date: 06-Feb-2006
From: Mark Donohue <markdonohue.cc>
Subject: Word Order in Nonverbal Clauses

I'm looking for instances of languages in which the basic word order in
nonverbal clauses is not the same as that in verbal clauses. For instance,
if a language is VOS for verbal clauses, but S PRED for nonverbal clauses,
we have a disharmonic pattern. This suggests some difference in phrase
structure based on lexical features, and quite probably an interesting
language history.

I am aware of only a small number of languages that can be claimed to work
this way (Tukang Besi, (Enggano?), Ge'ez, Zaparo, possibly Huastec,
possibly Mba). Does anyone have any more information?

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Message 2: 'Wanna' Pronunciations
Date: 06-Feb-2006
From: Richard Hudson <dickling.ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: 'Wanna' Pronunciations

Dear Linguist,

I'd be very grateful for your help in compiling a survey of the possible
pronunciations of the forms ''wanna'' and ''want to'' which is growing at

If you're a native speaker of English, please contact me directly:
dickling.ucl.ac.uk. I have a very short questionnaire which should take
about two minutes to complete.


Dick Hudson

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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