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Sun 15 Nov 1992

Qs: Resumptive Auxiliaries; -is/-iyz

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  1. Robert Beard, Resumptive auxiliaries
  2. Michael Kac, -is/-iyz

Message 1: Resumptive auxiliaries

Date: 13 Nov 1992 10:50:18 EST
From: Robert Beard <RBEARDflint.bucknell.edu>
Subject: Resumptive auxiliaries

 I am working on a morphological explanation of certain types of
movement and have come up with a hypothesis which predicts resump-
tive pronouns. It also strongly suggests in the case of Aux
and verb raising, e.g. German _Ist Hans gekommt_ and _Kommt Hans nach
Hause_, the possibility of resumptive auxiliaries. I suppose other
hypotheses predict something similar. I have not been able to find
anything which might count as a resumptive auxiliary and so would be
grateful for any suggestions as to where I might look.
 Please send any ideas directly to me at my personal address.
 --RBeard

Robert Beard, rbeardbucknell.edu
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Message 2: -is/-iyz

Date: 13 Nov 1992 20:36:58 -0600-is/-iyz
From: Michael Kac <kaccs.umn.edu>
Subject: -is/-iyz


The discussion of pejorative terms reminded me of an explanation for the
pronunciation of *Chinese* one sometimes hears in which *-ese* is
pronounced [is] rather than [iz]. According to this explanation, the use of
[is] is to avoid the perception by the hearer that the speaker is pluralizing
the derogatory *Chinee*. Has anyone else heard this explanation? Is it on the
level?

Michael Kac
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