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Thu Mar 01 2007

Qs: Development of Pragmatics/Gender Affixes in Suffixaufnahme?

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        1.    Leah Gedalyovich, Development of Pragmatics
        2.    Jeff Rollin, Gender Affixes in Suffixaufnahme?


Message 1: Development of Pragmatics
Date: 28-Feb-2007
From: Leah Gedalyovich <leah.gedalyovichgmail.com>
Subject: Development of Pragmatics


Dear all,

We are investigating the development of pragmatics and the
semantic-pragmatic interface in young children. In designing our
experiments we are looking for examples of NON-scalar quantity implicatures
(preferrably that can be visually represented for pre-school children), so

1. can anyone help me with references for previous psycholinguistic
research into non-scalar quantity implicatures?

2. any suggestions for picturable non-scalar quantity implicatures would be
also greatly appreciated

Thank you in advance for your help, I will post a summary of any responses


Leah Gedalyovich
Foreign Literatures and Linguistics
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Message 2: Gender Affixes in Suffixaufnahme?
Date: 28-Feb-2007
From: Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollingmail.com>
Subject: Gender Affixes in Suffixaufnahme?


Hi

Does anyone know of a language that includes gender affixes in suffixaufnahme?

To clarify:

Suffixaufnahme: Imagine a language with the two nouns ''cat'' and ''fur''.
A noun in the ergative case takes the ergative suffix: cates (CAT-(e)-erg)
and noun in the genitive case takes both genitive suffix AND a case suffix
to agree with its head noun - ''catens fures'' CAT-(e)-gen-erg
FUR-(e)-erg): ''The fur (agent) of the cat''.

Now, imagine a language which in addition to case suffixes, has gender
suffixes. In this language, ''gat-a'' (CAT-fem) means ''she-cat'', and
''gat-a-n''(CAT-fem-gen) is the genitive case of ''gata''. Similarly,
''furr-o'' (FUR-masc)means ''fur'' and ''furr-o-s'' (FUR-masc-erg) is the
genitive of ''furro''.

However, when the genitive depends on another noun, the genitive takes (a)
a genitive suffix (b) the gender and case of the head noun: furr-o-s
gata-n-o-s (FUR-masc-erg CAT-fem-gen-masc-erg) ''The fur (agent) of the cat''.

Is this possible?

Thanks.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

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