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LINGUIST List 18.359

Thu Feb 01 2007

Qs: Peninsular Spanish Database/Habitual Past

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        1.    Dana Allen, Peninsular Spanish Database
        2.    Fiona Mc Laughlin, Habitual Past

Message 1: Peninsular Spanish Database
Date: 30-Jan-2007
From: Dana Allen <dallentgis.co.uk>
Subject: Peninsular Spanish Database

I am an academic at the Univ. of Hertfordshire in England. A colleague and I
are doing a small research project with children in Spain and it will focus on
an aspect of sociolinguistics. What we need is a database of Peninsular Spanish
speakers of various accents/dialects. We need recorded conversations, readings,
etc. Our budget is small but surely there is something out there. Does anyone
have any idea where I can find what I need?

Thanks, Dr. Dana Allen (D.L.Allenherts.ac.uk)

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Message 2: Habitual Past
Date: 28-Jan-2007
From: Fiona Mc Laughlin <fmclufl.edu>
Subject: Habitual Past

Does anyone know of a language or languages that differentiate between two
habitual pasts, both with meanings equivalent to English 'used to' but with
different semantic readings. One (1) would refer to events or states that
occurred in the past and were stopped, but could theoretically be picked up
again, while the other (2)would preclude picking it back up again.

A. 'I used to live in this house' implying I no longer live there, but with
the possibility of adding 'and now I'm moving back into it.'

B. 'I used to live in a house on Main Street' implying that the house has
now been torn down, and precluding *'and now I'm moving back into it.'

Many thanks.

Fiona Mc Laughlin

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

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