LINGUIST List 4.997

Sun 28 Nov 1993

Qs: Ambiguity, Crossclassification, Aboriginal, Japanese

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  1. , Q: The shooting of the hunters
  2. , Q: Aristotle on Cross-classification
  3. Randy Allen Harris, Query: aboriginal/caucasian miscommunication
  4. James Magnuson, Japanese word/phoneme frequency

Message 1: Q: The shooting of the hunters

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 93 15:08:10 ESQ: The shooting of the hunters
From: <Alexis_Manaster_RamerMTS.cc.Wayne.edu>
Subject: Q: The shooting of the hunters

 When Chomsky first called attention to the ambiguity of
phrases like _the shooting of the hunters_, he analyzed them as
being derived (in two different ways) from actives. But the
objective reading could also be derived from the passive (_The
hunters are being shot_). Is there any literature on this?

Also, does anybody know good references to pretransformational
literature on this ambiguity?
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Message 2: Q: Aristotle on Cross-classification

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 93 15:10:00 ESQ: Aristotle on Cross-classification
From: <Alexis_Manaster_RamerMTS.cc.Wayne.edu>
Subject: Q: Aristotle on Cross-classification

Is there anybody out there who is knowledgeable about
Aristotle's theory of categories? My reading of the
same is that he explicitly denied the possibility of
crossclassification of categories of any kind. If so,,
this would be of great interest to linguists, I think, who
seem to have been the first people to explicitly talk about
the need for recognizing crossclassification.
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Message 3: Query: aboriginal/caucasian miscommunication

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 93 16:14:30 -0Query: aboriginal/caucasian miscommunication
From: Randy Allen Harris <rahawatarts.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Query: aboriginal/caucasian miscommunication

For a course I am teaching, I would be very grateful for references to
crossed communication between aboriginals (including, especially, Native
Americans) and Caucasians (including, especially, North American English
speakers). I would also appreciate any work relating to aboriginals and
literacy. If there is sufficient response, I will post a summary. Many
thanks.

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 Randy Allen Harris
 rahawatarts.uwaterloo.ca

 Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Department of English, University of
Waterloo, Waterloo ON N2L 3G1, CANADA; 519 885-1211, x5362; FAX: 519 884-8995
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Message 4: Japanese word/phoneme frequency

Date: Sun, 28 Nov 93 10:53:43 JSJapanese word/phoneme frequency
From: James Magnuson <magnusonhip.atr.co.jp>
Subject: Japanese word/phoneme frequency

Hello --

Can anyone recommend a source for Japanese word and/or phoneme
frequency data? Or to 'romaji' or phonemically-transcribed
Japanese texts?

Thanks,

Jim Magnuson
ATR Human Information Processing Labs
Kyoto

magnusonhip.atr.co.jp
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