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LINGUIST List 17.661

Thu Mar 02 2006

Qs: Case Assigning Complementizers; Priscian Quote

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        1.    Driss Marjane, Case Assigning Complementizers
        2.    Edward McDonald, Priscian Quote

Message 1: Case Assigning Complementizers
Date: 02-Mar-2006
From: Driss Marjane <drissmarjaneyahoo.com>
Subject: Case Assigning Complementizers

Dear All,

I am writing a dissertation on the CP system in Arabic and I would be
grateful if anyone could answer the following question if only very briefly.

As you may already know, in Arabic there is a particle ''inna/anna'' which
is commonly analyzed as a complementizer in the generative literature and
which always assigns accusative Case to a right-adjacent nominal whether in
root clauses or in embedded ones.

I don't know if similar (Case-assigning) complementizers exist in other
languages and I would greatly appreciate your comments.

Driss Marjane
Mohamed ben Abdellah University, Fez
Department of English

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Message 2: Priscian Quote
Date: 01-Mar-2006
From: Edward McDonald <laomaa20023yahoo.com.cn>
Subject: Priscian Quote

Dear List Members:

Some years ago I copied down the following (translated) quote from
Priscian's Institutiones Grammaticae as follows:

“just as letters combining appropriately form syllables, and syllables
words, so too do words form a sentence”

I was convinced I'd copied it from Robin's History of Linguistics, but I
can't find it anywhere there.

Can anybody help me with a source?


Ed McDonald

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

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