LINGUIST List 2.138

Monday, 15 Apr 1991

Qs: Pronouns, IPA font, Non-standard, Intuition

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  1. , unless-clauses & compound pronouns
  2. Evan Antworth, want IPA font for Windows
  3. R.Hudson, Teaching/studying non-standard dialects
  4. Richard Ogden, intuition

Message 1: unless-clauses & compound pronouns

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 91 20:28:00 -0400
From: <FintelLINGUIST.umass.edu>
Subject: unless-clauses & compound pronouns
I would like to ask the people on this net for references on two different
topics. If you think that your reply is of general interest you may want to
post it, else you could send me personal e-mail.

1. s IS '-I
 think there was a debate at some point about whether 'unless' is just
 another way to say 'if not', but has any of that ever surfaced? Is there
 work on corresponding items/constructions in other languages?

2. Is there any (especially recent) work on the proper analysis of compound
 pronouns (or portmanteau quantifiers) like 'everyone', 'somebody',
 'anywhere', etc.? I have found old-style analyses that posit a transformation
 of ARTICLE ATTACHMENT and there are short remarks by Abney who suggest a
 head-to-head movement analysis. Is there anything else out there? Anything
 about 'else' maybe, which is one of the things that make these items special?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kai von Fintel, UMass Amherst, fintellinguist.umass.edu
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Message 2: want IPA font for Windows

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 91 16:10:56 CDT
From: Evan Antworth <evantxsil.lonestar.org>
Subject: want IPA font for Windows
A colleague is looking for an IPA font to use under MS Windows,
specifically MS Word for Windows. Other postings have mentioned
an IPA font for WordPerfect, but I assume that is no help. Does
such a font exist (yet)?

Evan Antworth
evantxsil.lonestar.org
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Message 3: Teaching/studying non-standard dialects

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 91 13:18:51 +0100
From: R.Hudson <uclyrah%uk.ac.uclpucc.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Teaching/studying non-standard dialects
Does anyone know of any school system in which speakers of non-standard
dialects are taught about their own non-standard dialect, as well as about
the standard one? I'm just finishing a book on grammar for English teachers
in the UK, in which I advocate this, and I'd be interested to know of any
precedents.


Dick Hudson
Dept of Phonetics and Linguistics,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London WC1E 6BT
(071) 387 7050 ext 3152
home: (081) 340 1253
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Message 4: intuition

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 91 9:35 GMT
From: Richard Ogden <RAO1vaxb.york.ac.uk>
Subject: intuition
I would like to ask why 'intuitively' is a good way to present one's
opinion (as Rick Woycik did in his message about his discussion with 
John Coleman).
Isn't 'intuition' something that prejudices our opinions before we
start, something which might just be a hindrance to our ability to 
find the most useful analysis? Isn't it just a way of avoiding a more
rational approach? --- I'm not saying that imagination and hunches
don't have a place in linguists' arguments, just that they are not enough
in themselves to explain a position.
Also what is intuitive to someone else is not necessarily intuitive to
me, so I can't be convinced by 'intuitive' arguments.
Please, someone, explain this to me!

Richard Ogden

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