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LINGUIST List 20.2329

Tue Jun 30 2009

Qs: Verbless Utterances in English‏

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        1.    valerie soulet, Verbless Utterances in English‏

Message 1: Verbless Utterances in English‏
Date: 30-Jun-2009
From: valerie soulet <valslthotmail.com>
Subject: Verbless Utterances in English‏
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I am currently doing a PhD on verbless utterances in English when they are
not ellipsis or interjection, but rather identical to the following examples:

a) ''Lovely girl, that Miriam,'' he said, after a while (found in J.Coe's
The Rotters Club).
b) No Falernian wine here, no going ashore. Here and there a military camp
lost in a wilderness, like a needle in a bundle of hay – cold, fog,
tempests, disease, exile, and death – death skulking in the air, in the
water, in the bush. They must have been dying like flies here (found in
Conrad's Heart of Darkness).

I would be happy to receive any suggestions (books, articles) to complete
my bibliography, as what I could find on non-verbal predication (by
Hengeveld, for instance) did not correspond to my research field.

Thank you for your help,
V.Soulet

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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